Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Thursday declined urgent hearing on a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against some states for their alleged failure in curbing lynching incidents.

The Supreme Court said the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs of the state's ruling coalition "ought not" to be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the Assembly, which is slated to decide on the confidence motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy-led government on Thursday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further said Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel legislators within the time-frame decided by him.

The searches are being conducted at six places in the two Uttar Pradesh cities, they said, adding that details would be given later.

The Supreme Court will pronounce its order Wednesday morning on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs seeking direction for Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations from the Assembly.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is first dealing with the case of 10 lawmakers who approached the court first.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta issued notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, chief secretaries and secretaries of health of the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments on the plea which also sought prompt and free of cost treatment to all the children suffering from AES.

A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, that the trial in the case was going on and 210 witnesses were yet to be examined.