Senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Thursday mentioned before the Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud his application for urgent hearing against Karnataka Governor for inviting BS Yeddyurappa for forming the government. Ram Jethmalani, who had anouncement his retirement from active legal service in Septemember 2017, is back with the petition.
The Bench directed him to mention it tomorrow before an appropriate bench.
'What has BJP said to Governor , that he did such a stupid action? Order of Governor is open invitation to do corruption.' Jethmalani has approached SC against Karnataka Guv's invitation to Yeddyurappa for forming govt," News agency ANI quoted as saying Ram Jethmalani.
Ram Jethmalani filed the petition after Supreme Court gave the green signal to the swearing in ceremony of B S Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka. The court however directed Yeddyurappa to produce before it the letter of support by 10.30 am on Friday when the court would continue hearing the matter.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi contended in SC that calling a person who commands 104 MLAs ahead of another who commands 116 MLAs and then giving the person 15 days is adding insult to injury by the Governor. The joint petition by the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) had sought a stay on the oath-taking ceremony, as communicated by the governor to the BJP's chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa.
Ram Jethmalani has been critique of PM Narendra Modi and his BJP government. Jethmalani had accused PM Modi of not being honest about bringing back black money stashed abroad.
Mr. Jethmalani, who announced his retirement from active legal service last week, said the Prime Minister was no help in his fight against black money. "The awful truth dawned on me in early 2015 when BJP president Amit Shah disclosed that all talk about black money recovery was a 'chunavi jhumla,' a gimmick or a joke," he said.