New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the 10 rebel Karnataka lawmakers to meet Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today and convey their decision of resignation to him.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose also asked Speaker Ramesh Kumar to decide on MLAs' resignation during the course of the day.

The Supreme Court further directed that the decision taken by the Speaker be conveyed when the court takes up the matter again.

It also directed Karnataka DGP to provide protection to 10 rebel MLAs from Bangalore airport to Assembly on their arrival from Mumbai. 

Hours later, the Speaker too approached the Supreme Court  expressing that the issue of resignation by rebel MLAs can't be decided during the course of the day. Kumar said it was his constitutional duty to verify the resignations and "such an inquiry cannot be completed forthwith or latest by 12 midnight today."

On this, the top court said that it has already passed the order and the Speaker's application against it will be taken up on Friday. 

The rebel Congress and JD(S) lawmakers had moved the Supreme Court on Thursday, alleging that Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar was deliberately not accepting their resignations.

On Tuesday, Kumar said that he will not accept the resignation of rebel MLAs straightaway but would summon each one of them before taking a final call. He said he needed at least six days to ponder over the issue and act as per law.

Kumar said he would deal with each case like he did with Kalaburagi BJP MP Umesh Jadhav who resigned from Congress and joined BJP ahead of the recent Lok Sabha polls.

The 13-month old Congress-JDS government in the state has landed in a major crisis after 11 Congress MLAs on July 6 claimed to have put in their papers to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has also claimed that they will overcome the current bout of crisis as well. All the ministers from the two parties have resigned as well to give a free hand to Kumaraswamy to restructure his Council of Ministers and accommodate the dissident MLAs. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta