Karnataka case: CJI Ranjan Gogoi criticises senior advocates, allows withdrawal of MLAs’ plea

The Chief Justice’s caustic remarks about the conduct of the senior advocates was triggered by what happened in the court on July 24. A day after the holding of the long-awaited trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on July 23, a plea was made by an advocate for permission to withdraw the case. The case pertained to an application made by two independent MLAs last week for conduct of the trust vote without delay. The counsel, who appeared for the legislators, submitted before the CJI Bench that their application had become infructuous as the vote had already been held. Mr. Rohatgi, who appeared for both the rebel and independent Karnataka MLAs in the case, was not present.