New Delhi, Supreme Court Judge M M Shantanagoudar on Tuesday recused himself from hearing the petition of 17 Karnataka MLAs plea challenging their disqualification, and adjourned the matter for Monday. A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice N V Ramana, said, ‘We are fixing the matter for Monday.’
“I recuse from the case,” Justice Shantanagoudar said refusing to be a part of the bench of the Apex Court, which is hearing the disqualified MLAs’ petition. The MLAs were disqualified by then Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar leading to collapse of the JD (S)-Congress coalition government headed by then chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.
After losing the trust vote, the Chief Minister had resigned, paving the way for the BJP-led government in Karnataka under B S Yeddyurappa. Seventeen Karnataka MLAs had moved the Apex Court challenging their disqualification. Justice Shantanagoudar recused himself saying since he is from Karnataka, his “conscience” does not allow him to hear the case.