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Saturday, 20 April 2024 12.05 PM IST

Ruling in Punjab Governor's case applies to Kerala as well; instruction to Governor of Kerala from Supreme court


NEW DELHI: Supreme Court's critical remark that the ruling in Punjab Governor's case that bills cannot be withheld applies to Kerala as well. This is considered to be a direct message for Arif Mohammed Khan. The governor will have to take a decision soon.

The verdict for Punjab has been uploaded on the official website. Additional Chief Secretary to Governor should read this. The bench chaired by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud appointed Attorney General R Venkataramani to inform about this. The answer is due next Wednesday when the case is heard again.

In the Punjab case, it was ruled on Thursday that if the bill cannot be signed, it should be sent back and the governor cannot obstruct the functioning of the assembly. It was also reminded that the governor is only a symbolic head.

Although the governor was made a party to the petition of the state government, the notice was given to the additional chief secretary.

Verdict applies to all governors

The order is a message to governors across the country. Legal experts say that no other position is possible for the Governor of Kerala. According to Article 200 of the Constitution, the Governor can take three measures on bills. Accepting or holding the bill, returning it, sending it to the President. The Supreme Court has clarified the measure of holding the bill.

No decision on 16 bills

The petition originally included eight bills, including three bills that were two years old. However, the government informed the court yesterday that 16 bills have been withheld. The information of eight newly passed bills including Land Assignment (Amendment) Bill, Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland (Amendment) Bill and Finance Appropriation Bill were also handed over. Government advocate KK Venugopal informed that the Chief Minister and three ministers met the Governor in person.

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