New Delhi, May 19: Amid the debate and allegations on the Congress-JD(S) plea during the hearing on the Karnataka crisis, the Supreme Court witnessed some lighter moments on Friday, so much so that the jam-packed courtroom burst into peals of laughter. Also Read - 'Unlock 1': Karnataka Govt Permits State-run Buses, Autos, Cabs to Operate During Night Curfew Hours
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, told a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri that BJP MLAs from different parts of the state will have to rush to Bengaluru on a short notice for the floor test, evoking laughter from those present in the courtroom as most of the party MLAs had actually been camping in the city for past few days. This made Rohatgi say that not only the BJP MLAs, even Congress-JD(S) MLAs would require time to come to Bengaluru, taking a jibe at the alliance for having herded its MLAs away to a Hyderabad hotel to safeguard them from “poaching” attempts of the BJP. (Follow Karnataka Live Updates Here) Also Read - INX Media Case: Supreme Court Rejects CBI’s Review Plea Challenging Bail Order to P Chidambaram
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Congress-JD(S) combine, retorted that they did not need time and the floor test should be held on Saturday after all. Singhvi’s prompt rebuttal saw lawyers and the media in the courtroom burst out again. Also Read - Not 14 Days, People Coming From Maharashtra Must Undergo 21-Day Quarantine in Karnataka
Later, Singhvi requested the court to restrain Yeddyurappa from taking any major policy decisions at which Rohatgi, appearing for the politician, said he wouldn’t. To which, Justice Sikri quipped, “Anyway he (Yedduurappa) will not have the time now for major policy decisions, he will remain busy with other things.” Those present couldn’t help chuckling at Justice Sikri’s hint at the BJP’s last-ditch attempts to somehow get the numbers.