Jethmalani moves SC against governor’s nod for BJP to form govt

New Delhi : Senior lawyer and jurist Ram Jethmalani today moved the Supreme Court in his personal capacity against the Karnataka governor’s decision to invite the BJP to form government in the state, saying it was a “gross abuse of constitutional power”.

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa took oath as the chief minister of Karnataka at the Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru on Thursday morning, hours after the Supreme Court rejected a petition of the Congress and Janata Dal(Secular) challenging the governor’s decision.

The top court did not dismiss the petition and permitted Yeddyurappa to take oath as the chief minister. It, however, made it clear that the swearing-in and government formation in the state would be subject to the final outcome of the case before it.

Jethmalani had represented Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the civil defamation case filed against him by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi high court.

The senior lawyer later said he will not represent Kejriwal in the civil and criminal defamation cases.