The Madras High Court on Tuesday said that Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi had no power to interfere with the day to day activities of the union territory, reported news agency ANI.
Puducherry has the elected government of the Congress but Kiran Bedi was a BJP member when she was appointed the governor of Puducherry. A known Modi supporter, her questionable functioning has often come under criticism from Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.
Last year, the Madras High Court had admitted a PIL seeking a recall of Bedi for undue interference in running the government.
The PIL, filed by one T Murugan, a CPI local committee member, had alleged that Bedi never respected the Constitution of India “by recognition of separation of powers” and the procedures prescribed under it since she assumed office as the LG. The petitioner also alleged that Bedi interfered with the judiciary, the legislature and the executive and sought a direction to the Union home ministry for recalling her.
Bedi’s relationship with the Congress chief minister, V Narayanasamy, has been a subject of controversy since her appointment. In June 2017, Narayanasamy had accused Bedi of paralysing the administration by making derogatory remarks against the MLAs, ministry and officials through social media. Narayansamy had also reportedly approached the president and the Union home minister over Bedi “interfering” in matters of governance.