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Cong-JD (S) should have waited for floor test outcome: AG

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

K K today criticised the Congress-(S) combine in the for taking the political battle of to the judicial arena, saying the proper forum for them to contest the BJP's claim was the floor of the House.

The said the plea challenging Governor's decision to invite BJP to form government should not have been filed and they should have waited for outcome of floor test.

Venugopal, who vehemently opposed the plea seeking a stay of the swearing in ceremony, argued that the top court cannot question the Governor's discretion to call a party to form a government.

"The whole issue is a grey area subject to speculation. the matter be heard at length," he said.

A three-judge bench of Justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and asked on what basis Yeddyurappa has claimed stake to form government.

"When the other side has given letter of support signed by the members from and (S), on what basis the BJP can say it has the majority? Arithmetic defies how this can happen," the bench asked

The top court also asked why the has granted 15 days for floor test.

"That is the Governor's decision," Venugopal replied.

"You cannot deny that all these actions are subject to judicial review though he (Governor) might not be liable," the bench said.

Venugopal said there was no urgency in the matter and added the matter be heard at length. No irreversible damage will be done."

Sharing his experience on attending a pre-dawn hearing, the AG said this was his first experience of night-long hearing in the apex court in his 64 years of legal practice.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:20 IST
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