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Kiran Bedi 'cannot interfere' in day-to-day affairs of elected govt in Puducherry: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday held that the Puducherry Lt Governor "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory.

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Chennai Published on: April 30, 2019 15:38 IST
Kiran Bedi is the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
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Kiran Bedi is the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.

The Madras High Court has curtailed the powers of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi.

The high court on Tuesday held that the Puducherry Lt Governor "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory.

Justice R Mahadevan pronounced the verdict on a petition by K Laksminarayanan, a Congress MLA, challenging two communications issued in January and June, 2017, by the Ministry of Home Affairs "elevating" the power of the administrator.

He also set aside two communications of the Union government elevating the power of the Lt Governor.

Allowing the plea, the judge said, "The administrator cannot interfere in the day to day affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the Chief Minister is binding on the secretaries and other officials."

Laksminarayanan is a legislator from the Raj Bhavan assembly constituency.

(With inputs from agencies)

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