Attorney General K K Venugopal today criticised the Congress-JD (S) combine in the Supreme Court for taking the political battle of Karnataka to the judicial arena, saying the proper forum for them to contest the BJP's claim was the floor of the House.
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. Let the matter be heard at length," he said.
"When the other side has given letter of support signed by the members from Congress and JD (S), on what basis the BJP can say it has the majority? Arithmetic defies how this can happen," the bench asked Venugopal.
The top court also asked why the Governor 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 Let 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.
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