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SC to hear in July Puducherry LG-CM row

The Madras HC then ruled in favour of the Council of Ministers. It urged the LG not to interfere with the day-to-day functioning of the government.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 22, 2019, 06.54 AM IST
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Governor Bedi then moved the SC alleging the ruling had placed bureaucrats in a piquant situation in which they could face contempt of court action if they did not listen to the Council of Ministers.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will now hear in July a bitter row that has erupted between the Puducherry Lieutenant General Kiran Bedi and the Cabinet of the Union Territory led by the chief minister V Narayanasamy over their respective powers to administer the Union Territory.

The LG is claiming that as the head of the UT, she’s supreme administrative head, a claim that the elected Council of Ministers has contested. A ruling party MLA moved the Madras HC seeking the court’s intervention to establish the supremacy of the Cabinet in a parliamentary system.

The Madras HC then ruled in favour of the Council of Ministers. It urged the LG not to interfere with the day-to-day functioning of the government. Governor Bedi then moved the SC alleging the ruling had placed bureaucrats in a piquant situation in which they could face contempt of court action if they did not listen to the Council of Ministers.

She said that the ruling had paralysed the UT administration. She is being represented in the case by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The legislators, on the other hand, are being represented by senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal.

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