'Lieutenant-governor has power to nominate': Supreme Court upholds nomination of three Puducherry MLAs by Kiran Bedi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the decision of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi to nominate three Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) to the Assembly.

File image of Kiran Bedi. Reuters

File image of Kiran Bedi. Reuters

The apex court opined that the "L-G has the power to nominate". The decision comes after the Congress party challenged the decision saying that Bedi should have consulted the ruling party before the nomination of the three legislators.

Swaminathan, KG Shankar and V Selvaganapathy were nominated by Bedi to the Assembly last year. The nominations were later challenged in the Madras High Court by MLA Dhanalakshmi Narayan, who claimed that the decision was taken without consulting Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

However, the high court, on 22 March, upheld the appointment of the three MLAs, declaring the nominations to be valid. Despite high court's order, the MLAs were barred from entering the Assembly premises on 26 March.

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Updated Date: Dec 06, 2018 13:25 PM

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