Governor Arif Mohammed Khan to send controversial Bills to President

Anish Jacob

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Raj Bhavan is considering sending controversial Bills to the President of India for consideration in the light of the Supreme Court's recent observation that governors should not indefinitely hold up Bills passed by the state legislature.

Governor Arif Muhammed Khan's office has taken the position that ‘welfare’ Bills like the one for vesting private forests can be approved, but is seeking legal advice on legislation related to the concurrent list, Bills raising constitutional questions, and Bills relating to legal systems.

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The Telangana Government recently filed a plea seeking directions to Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan to clear ten bills. The Supreme Court has made an observation that bills should be returned "as soon as possible" to give effect to the first proviso of Article 200 of the Indian Constitution.

The Bills awaiting assent of Kerala governor include the Lok Ayukta amendments, appointment of independent chancellors to state universities, vice-chancellor selection committee formation, and giving powers to government regarding tribunals for universities.

The governor has not approved a bill to give voting rights to administrators in cooperatives like Milma, citing concerns that it would go against democratic values. Similarly, a Bill that includes the nomination of syndicate members of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University is also awaiting approval.

The governor's legal affairs department is preparing to explain the reasons for sending the Bills to the President.

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