August 21, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (August 21, 2014): The Supreme Court of India (SCI) today took up petition filed by Uttrakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi challenging the the BJP government’s move to ask him to resign in the wake of BJP coming to power. He was appointed by Congress led UPA II government. A Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice R M Lodha has issued notice to the central government on a Aziz Qureshi’s petition.
The SCI said that the matter would be heard by a five-judge constitutional bench as it involved the interpretation of Article 156 of the constitution on the point of the procedure to be followed for seeking removal of the governors in the exercise of the president’s pleasure.
Earlier today, pleading on behalf of Utrrakahnd Governor, senior lawyer Kapil Sibal said that a governor of a state can only be removed by the President of India and the home secretary could not just pick up the phone and ask him to resign.
He said there has to be a procedure to secure the resignation of a governor.
Aziz Qureshi has cited an earlier constitution bench judgement in his petition, saying that SCI has already held that a governor is not an employee of the central government and occupies the office at the pleasure of the president.
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