SC seeks answers: Tamil Nadu accuses Governor of bill delays, Government under scrutiny
Supreme Court demands Government response to Tamil Nadu's allegations of Governor's delay tactics on bills
The Supreme Court has requested a response from the Indian government following a petition by the Tamil Nadu government regarding delays by Governor RN Ravi in processing nearly 12 bills. The Chief Justice of India, Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, deemed the issues raised a "matter of serious concern."
The Tamil Nadu government's petition alleges inaction by Governor Ravi in processing bills passed by the state legislature, causing a "constitutional deadlock." The court fixed the case for a hearing on November 20, seeking the Union government's response. Additionally, the assistance of the attorney general or solicitor general was requested.
Widespread trend of inaction:
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing the state, highlighted a concerning trend of governors across states refusing to act on bills. Singhvi emphasized the urgency, noting files pending for over two years and critical matters like remission orders left unaddressed.
The Tamil Nadu government's plea contends that the governor's inaction constitutes an "unconstitutional, illegal, and malafide exercise of power," leading to a standstill in administration and fostering an adversarial attitude. The petition seeks the court's intervention to set specific timelines for the governor to act promptly.
This legal action echoes a previous case involving the Telangana government, where a constitutional impasse was resolved after the governor signed off on bills just before a scheduled Supreme Court hearing. The current petition aims to address the broader issue of governors withholding actions on bills, emphasizing the constitutional significance of timely decision-making under Article 200.