Hours before the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa is scheduled, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the petition filed by the Congress- JD(S) challenging Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to BJP to form the government in the state.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi is representing the Congress-JD(S) in the matter, while Assistant Attorney General Tushar Mehta is representing the Union of India. Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi will be appearing for B.S Yeddyurappa and BJP.
The hearing is currently underway in Court No.6 and is being heard by a three-judge bench, comprising Justice AK Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Bobde.
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In the petition, the Congress-JD(S) demanded that the top court restrain the appointment of BS Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister.
The Quint, which has exclusive access the petition filed by the Congress and JD (S) before the Supreme Court on Wednesday midnight has learnt that the following are the prayers of the petition:
Sources had earlier told The Quint that the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine was moving a joint petition.
Yeddyurappa, who will be taking oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday, 17 May at 9 am, has been given 15 days to prove the majority by the governor. The governor’s invitation came only hours after the JD(S)-Congress alliance met Vala, asserting their majority.