Puducherry L-G Kiran Bedi can’t intrude in day-to-day affairs of govt: Madras HC

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The order got here on a writ petition filed by Puducherry Congress MLA Lakshminarayanan in 2017 questioning the L-G’s powers to intrude in administration regardless of the presence of a Council of Ministers.

The Madras Excessive Courtroom Tuesday mentioned that Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has no powers to intrude within the day-to-day affairs of the federal government or act independently. Bedi has been engaged in an influence tussle with Chief Minister V Narayansamy ever since she assumed workplace in Might 2016.

In accordance with the HC order, the choice taken by the Council of Ministers and the CM is binding on the Secretaries and different officers. The order got here on a writ petition filed by Puducherry Congress MLA Lakshminarayanan in 2017 questioning the L-G’s powers to intrude in administration regardless of the presence of a Council of Ministers.

Each Bedi and V Narayansamy haven’t reacted to the order.

The duo has been at loggerheads over a number of points since 2016, with the CM claiming that the L-G was ‘interfering in the functioning of the government and stalled development in the state as several proposals are pending with her office’. The tussle escalated after Narayanasamy launched a six-day agitation towards Bedi’s “autocratic” behaviour. His Delhi counterpart, Arvind Kejriwal – who had related allegations towards LG within the capital – joined him within the protests.

Bedi’s choice to make helmet sporting necessary within the UT triggered the newest episode. Whereas Bedi wished the helmet rule for two-wheeler riders to be applied at one go, Narayanasamy wished the implementation in phases after producing consciousness among the many residents.

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