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SC Orders Live Telecast Of Karnataka Trust Vote, Turns Down Plea Against Bopaiah

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| May 19 , 2018 , 11:57 IST

The Supreme Court on Saturday ordered live telecast of Karnataka Trust Vote. The apex court was hearing a plea filed by the Congress party and the Janata Dal (Secular) against the appointment of BJP MLA KG Bopaiah as the Pro Tem speaker of Karnataka Assembly for the purpose of swearing in of MLAs and conducting the trust vote.

Arguing that it was a convention to appoint the seniormost member as Pro Tem speaker, Kapil Sibal argued that Bopaiah had a history. He gave an example of 2010 when Bopaiah had disqualified 11 MLAs which the Apex court itself found illegal and unconstitutional.

Justice SA Bobde pointed out that there have been instances where the senior most member of the House wasn't the Pro Tem speaker. Justice Bobde and Justice Sikri told Sibal that in order to examine the suitability of Bopaiah as Pro tem speaker, they will have to issue a notice to him in order to hear his version. Both the judges were of the opinion that this could not be done without postponing the trust vote.

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Since Sibal and Singhvi did not want the trust vote to be postponed Justice Bobde said, “You are in a zone of consideration. You want us to test the suitability of the Pro Tem Speaker but you do not want to postpone the test.”

At this moment, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Governor of Karnataka, informed the court that live broadcast of floor test would ensure transparency.

The Supreme Court observed that Live Broadcast is the best way to ensure the transparency of proceedings and it would address grievances of opposition parties.

Both Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi agreed with the provision of live broadcast.