SC seeks Centre’s view on Governor’s removal

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre, the Madhya Pradesh government and the State’s Governor, Ram Naresh Yadav, on a plea seeking the removal of the Governor owing to his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Vyapam scam, which is currently being probed by the CBI.

Issuing the notice, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu gave three weeks’ time to respond in the Supreme Court.

The petition, filed by five Gwalior-based advocates, had arraigned as parties the Madhya Pradesh government, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Governor in person.

The petition contends that a “tainted” Governor cannot be allowed to discharge constitutional functions. It had sought the apex court to direct the MHA to move a proposal for “withdrawal of pleasure” of the President under Article 156 (1) of the Constitution, thus facilitating the Governor’s removal.