Supreme Court: Puducherry government cannot decide nominated members
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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedis decision to nominate three members to the Assembly holding that the government of Union Territory has no role in the nomination of members. The central government had on June 23, 2017 issued a notification nominating V. Saminathan, K.G. Shankar and S. Selvaganapathy as members of the Puducherry Assembly. The apex court said the Lt Governor had the power to nominate MLAs. The Congress had challenged the decision of Bedi to nominate the MLAs saying she should have consulted the Puducherry government. "We are of the clear opinion that nomination in the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry is not the business of the government of Puducherry. It is a business of central government," said a bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer. "When the Constitution itself empowers Parliament to frame law to create a body, which may be partly nominated and partly elected … we fail to s
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