We can’t prevent the Legislature from considering a Bill: Karnataka High Court refuses to stay Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020

On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court denied the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2020 [Amendment Bill] to stay.

An interlocutory application was heard by the Court seeking to prohibit the State Government from moving ahead with the Amendment Bill.

While rejecting the appeal, Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty of the Division Bench orally observed,

Where is the question of a Bill being quashed? We can’t stop a Bill from being discussed by the Legislature. What is happening in the House of Legislature can not be governed by a formal trial.

Nevertheless, in these claims, the Bench found no merit and went on to conclude that it could not prohibit the State Legislature from considering the Bill before it. The Court therefore ruled,

“The prayers made in the applications are misconceived and therefore, the same is rejected.”

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