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Rebel Ministers are whistle-blowers: judge

Staff Reporter


‘Tussle between the rebels and the BJP is an internal fight'


BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court has said that three Ministers of the B.S. Yeddyurappa Cabinet who revolted against him and wrote to the Governor withdrawing their support to the Governor are “whistle-blowers.”

Justice N. Kumar, without naming the Ministers, has called them whistle-blowers.

Differing with Chief Justice J.S. Khehar on the action of the Speaker in disqualifying the 11 BJP MLAs, Justice Kumar said: “Seen in the backdrop of the developments, the three Ministers are insiders. After their efforts to fight against corruption, nepotism and other ends did not yield result, they approached the Governor and wrote to him withdrawing support to the Government and expressed no confidence against the Chief Minister.”

Referring to the letter by the rebels to the Governor, Justice Kumar said: “From what they have stated in the letter, they wanted to fight against such evil and they want a clean administration. Can their voice be stifled by pressing into operation, provisions of the tenth Schedule of the Constitution?” He says these people had knowingly or unknowingly touched the right chord and they could be the whistle-blowers in the present context.

Internal fight

At another point, Justice Kumar says the fight between the rebels and the BJP is an internal fight in the party fought publicly. “Dissent within the party has come out in the open,” he said.

He says a member of the Legislature expressing his intention to withdraw support to the Chief Minister cannot be construed as unconstitutional.

Justice Kumar also has also said that the action of the Governor in asking the Chief Minister to prove his majority after some party members withdrew support is right and that this cannot be questioned.

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