Senior Congress chief P. Chidambaram on Friday asserted that the Supreme Court’s judgement on the Governor’s powers is a stern rebuke to not solely the Punjab Governor however to all state heads and Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi ought to learn each line of it.
In a submit on X, Chidambaram, a former union minister within the UPA authorities stated, “The judgement of the Supreme Court on the Governor’s powers is a stern rebuke to not only the Governor of Punjab but to all Governors.”
“R N Ravi, Governor of Tamil Nadu, should read every line of the judgement and, if he thinks it necessary, call a competent senior advocate to explain the judgement to him, ” he added.
His remarks got here after the apex court docket directed Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit to determine on the Bills handed by the Legislative Assembly throughout its “constitutionally valid” session held on June 19 and 20, saying the governor’s energy can’t be used to “thwart the normal course of lawmaking”.
In its November 10 judgement which was uploaded on Thursday night time, the Supreme Court selected the plea of the AAP authorities in Punjab which alleged the governor was not granting his assent to 4 payments which had been handed by the Assembly.
The Punjab authorities had additionally sought a judicial declaration that the Assembly session held on June 19 and 20 was “legal and that the business transacted by the House is valid”.
The judgement acknowledged, “The Governor, as an unelected Head of the State, is entrusted with certain constitutional powers. However, this power cannot be used to thwart the normal course of lawmaking by the state legislatures.”
A bench headed by CJI D.Y. Chandrachud stated that the loggerheads occurring between the Governor and the elected authorities is a matter of “serious concern.”
“How can you (the Governor) sit in a judgment whether a session has been validly prorogued or otherwise?” requested the bench, additionally comprising Justices J.B. Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.
It questioned whether or not there exists any provision beneath the Constitution conferring jurisdiction on the Governor to determine if the session has been ‘invalidly’ known as by the Speaker.
The Supreme Court stated that the Governor of Punjab is “playing with fire” by deflecting the course of payments handed by a duly elected Assembly.
Punjab Raj Bhawan had objected over holding of the particular session of the Vidhan Sabha on June 19-20.
The Sikh Gurdwaras (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the Punjab Universities Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2023, the Punjab Police (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Punjab Affiliated Colleges (Security of Service) Amendment Bill, 2023 are nonetheless awaiting the Governor’s assent.