Kerala govt to approach SC over Governor's refusal to pass 'controversial' bills

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

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is preparing to approach the Supreme Court against Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan's refusal to sign several bills passed by the State Assembly. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the Advocate General to take further action on the matter.

In the past several months, Khan has been refusing to pass the bills despite the cabinet ministers holding talks to convince him. Similar to the crisis in Kerala, the Telangana government had recently approached the Supreme Court over Governor refusing to sign bills. The move has prompted the Kerala government too to seek the help of the apex court on the matter.

As it stands, eight bills are to be signed by Governor Arif Muhammad Khan. In this, the Governor is of the view that there will be no compromise over the Kerala Lok Ayukta (Amendment) Bill, the University Laws (Amendment) Bill to replace the Governor as the Chancellor of universities, and a bill amending Universities rules for the five-member search committee, which gives priority to the government to appoint the Vice-Chancellor.

In recent months, the Chief Minister had sent two letters to the Governor regarding eight bills to be signed by the Governor. However, the Governor has refrained from signing the bills or notifying the government about his stand.

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