Governor refrains to consider ordinance removing him as chancellor, may forward to President

Arif Mohammed Khan I Photo: PTI

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan hinted that the draft ordinance seeking to remove the governor from the position of chancellor of state universities will be forwarded to the President of India. He said that he had not seen the ordinance and asserted that he will not be a judge in a move against him.

The state government dispatched the draft ordinance to Raj Bhavan on Saturday. The government brought the ordinance which axes the powers of the governor as chancellor of universities after seeking legal advice.

As per the legal advice, there is no hindrance in introducing a bill in the same matter even if the governor abstained to approve it and send for the President’s assent. Hence, whether the governor signs or not, the government will introduce a special bill in the legislative assembly.

The governor left for Delhi after attending the marriage ceremony of the chief secretary’s daughter, even before Raj Bhavan received the draft ordinance. He will return only on November 20.

Though uncertainty prevails over the ordinance, the government can launch a bill in the assembly. The cabinet is planning to summon a special session for the same in December.

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