New Delhi, May 17: The Supreme Court late on Wednesday decided to hear at 1.45 a.m the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) plea challenging Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R. Vala's decision to administer oath to BJP legislature party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa.
A bench comprising of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice Ashok Bhushan would hear the matter.
Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who is leading his party's challenge, has reached the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the Karnataka Governor's decision to administer oath to Yeddyurappa on Thursday morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
The media converged at the residence of Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra in anticipation of an urgent hearing on the matter.
After Karnataka Governor invited Yeddyurappa to form the new government in the state, the Congress approached the Chief Justice with plea challenging the Governor's decision.
2:26 AM: Cong was deprived to form govt in Goa despite being single largest party, SC had upheld govt formation by BJP: Congress leader and senior lawyer AM Singhvi to SC.
2:24 AM: Singhvi says BJP has 104 MLAs and Governor invited B S Yeddyurappa to form govt in "unconstitutional manner"; JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy with Congress has 116 MLAs.
Supreme Court refuses to stay Yeddyurappa swearing-in ceremony.
Supreme Court did not dismiss the petition filed by Congress and JD(S), said, "this petition is a subject of hearing later on". SC also issued a notice to respondents including BJP's BS Yeddyurappa, asking to file a reply
2:19 AM: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing BJP and B S Yeddyurappa, says no injunction can be issued to Governor.
2:11 AM: SC bench, comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan, commences hearing on the matter. Attorney General K K Venugopal, ASG Maninder Singh in court for hearing.
1:13 AM: SC decides to hear Cong petition challenging K'taka governor's decision to invite BJP for forming govt at 1:45 AM, says Congress leader and senior lawyer AM Singhvi.
10:30 PM: Cong seeks hearing in Supreme Court tonight on its petition against the Karnataka Governor's decision: Singhvi.