Supreme Court stays Madras HC gag on Kiran Bedi

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A retired IPS officer, Bedi was functioning till late Tuesday evening (February 16) and reviewing the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the Union Territory and issuing directions for bringing in police force and sanitation workers in the frontline worker category for the inoculation. | File photo: PTI.

The Supreme Court on Friday (May 10), stayed the Madras High Court order that curtailed the powers of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor saying she cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government, a report by Indian Express said.

The court also issued a notice to Congress leader K Laksminarayanan, who had filed a plea in the Madras High Court alleging that Bedi was running a “parallel government” in Puducherry.

The court heard the case responding to a petition filed by the Centre challenging the order of the Madras High Court. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta.

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Asking Bedi to refrain from the day-to-day activities of the Puducherry government, the Madras High Court on April 30 had ruled that the decision taken by the council of ministers and the Chief Minister was binding on the secretaries and other officials.

 

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