Govt plea in SC against CAA: Raj Bhavan planning to seek report?
Thiruvananthapuram: Raj Bhavan sources are considering seeking a report from the Kerala government regarding the petition it had moved in the Supreme Court (SC) opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Raj Bhavan pointed out that as per Rule of Business Sec 34 (2) sub section 5, the state government should inform the Governor regarding matters that affect the relations between the state and the centre.
Governor Arif Mohammad Khan is approaching the matter as the head of the state. He had sharply criticised the state government over CAA.
Arif Mohammed Khan had said the act of the state government to move the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act, without informing him was "improper".
Speaking to reporters at the airport before leaving for Delhi on Thursday, Arif Mohammed Khan had said that protocol demanded that he should have been informed first. The Governor may meet mediapersons in Delhi today, according to reports.
"Even the rules of the Assembly provide that the legislature shall not discuss any subject which does not come under their constitutional jurisdiction. I have no problem if they go to the Supreme Court. Even there I feel, without informing the constitutional head of the state, what they have done is improper," Khan said.
"Yet I do not find anything wrong with it. I do not find any fault with their decision to go to Supreme Court, why because, Constitution gives that authority to the Supreme Court. But the protocol demanded that they should have informed me first," the Governor added.
The Kerala government had on January 13 filed a petition in the apex court, saying the CAA was contradictory to constitutional ethos.
(With inputs from PTI)