Pondy: SC upholds nomination of 3 BJP MLAs by Kiran Bedi

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today upheld the decision of Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi to nominate three MLAs to the Assembly.

“LG has the power to nominate,” said the apex court.

The Congress had challenged the decision of Bedi to nominate MLAs saying the LG should have consulted the ruling party before the nomination.

A bench, headed by Justice A K Sikri, agreed with Attorney General K K Venugopal’s argument that since Puducherry is a Union Territory, it is a “property” of the Union government and there is no need to consult the local government on nominations.

The court dismissed Congress leader Lakshminarayanan’s appeal against the induction of the three BJP members as MLAs.

The three MLAs – V Swaminathan, K G Shankar and V Selva Ganapathy – all belonging to the BJP, could not enter the Assembly all these days as the Speaker had refused to swear them in and administer the oath of office to them.

The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Madras High Court order upholding the Centre’s decision to nominate three BJP members as MLAs to the Puducherry Assembly.

NT Bureau