Removal of governor as chancellor: Govt sends ordinance to Raj Bhavan

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CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Governor Arif Mohammed Khan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: In a surprising move, Kerala Government has finally sent an ordinance seeking the removal of Governor Arif Mohammed Khan as the chancellor of the state universities to the Raj Bhavan for the governor's approval. Raj Bhavan has responded that it received the ordinance.

However, the government will be looking to introduce the same as a bill in assembly if Governor refuses to sign the ordinance and forward it for the president’s assent. Legal experts pointed out that Khan is unlikely to sign the ordinance that curtails his power as chancellor.

Earlier, Khan said he would forward the ordinance to the president if it only targets his powers. If the ordinance is forwarded for the president’s assent, a decision on it will be delayed. If such a situation emerges, the government will not be able to bring a bill when an ordinance is before the president.

The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday decided to bring in an ordinance to remove Governor Arif Mohammad Khan from the post of Chancellor.

The cabinet plans to bring in an expert in place of the Chancellor. The decision came after Governor Arif Mohammad Khan sought the resignations of vice-chancellors of all nine universities in the state.

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