Chennai: The Madras High Court has ruled that Puducherry Lt Governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi does not have the power to interfere with the day to day activities of the Union Territory (UT), said reports on Tuesday. (Also read: Bedi Calls All Charges ‘Baseless, False’)
The order comes on a writ petition filed by Puducherry Congress MLA Lakshminarayanan in 2017 which questioned Bedi’s powers to interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the UT despite the presence of a council of ministers.
The court said Bedi didn’t have any right to interfere with the powers of Puducherry CM. It also said the L-G also didn’t have the right to seek any government documents from the Puducherry government.
Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy have had many face-offs over UT’s administration. Narayanasamy had earlier accused Bedi of working on orders of the Centre to disrupt the functioning of his government.
“She has no power at all, she has to only be a post office and sign papers which have been sent by the council of ministers. She has no right to touch cabinet decisions…she is vetoing decisions. She is being encouraged by the PM to create problems for our government,” Narayanasamy was quoted by media as saying.
She had replied, “Sad to see when a CM sends a letter to L-G and within a week, demands a reply by force of a ‘dharna’/ blockade of Raj Nivas. Also makes unfounded allegations, misleading people in Puducherry.”
She had denied all allegations levelled against her and claimed that she had been functioning in terms of the powers conferred on her under the Government of Union Territories Act of 1963.