Lok Ayukta: State to introduce bill in assembly if governor repudiates ordinance


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Thiruvananthapuram: Governor Arif Mohammad Khan is yet to make a decision or give consent to the ordinance to amend the Lok Ayukta Act tabled by the state government. It is learned that he has not discussed the matter with the officials of Raj Bhavan.

The state government is of the view that if the governor does not sign the ordinance, then amendments could be introduced as a bill in the next assembly session. By doing so, the state could pass it as a new law.

Meanwhile, opposition leader VD Satheesan sent a new letter to the Governor. This is a counter argument to the government's critiques on the queries raised by the opposition leader in a previous letter addressed to the governor. Earlier, the governor had sought an explanation from the government for this letter stating that the ordinance tabled by the state was unconstitutional.

Further, there is no provision that could force the governor to make a decision on an ordinance within a particular time frame. Another ordinance issued by the government three months ago is also awaiting decision. It is about the formation of the University Appellate Tribunal.

This ordinance seeks to remove the provision that states that Governor and the High Court should be consulted when appointing a judge to the Appellate Tribunal.

According to the government, the consultation system was scrapped when a provision was made to appoint a district judge to replace the former high court judge. The governor did not sign the ordinance because it was unsatisfactory.

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