DMK minister K Ponmudi to be reinstated today after Supreme Court rebukes Tamil Nadu Governor

DMK leader K Ponmudi is set to be sworn in as a minister in the Tamil Nadu cabinet on Friday. This comes a day after the Supreme Court voiced “serious concern” over the conduct of Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi for his refusal to reinduct the party leader.

Ponmudi’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at 3.30 pm today.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court also directed the Governor to decide the issue within 24 hours.

The governor had refused to reinduct Ponmudi, whose conviction and three-year sentence in a disproportionate assets case the top court stayed recently, despite Chief Minister MK Stalin’s recommendation.

Observing that Ravi was defying the top court’s order, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud wondered how the governor said that Ponmudi’s reinduction would be against constitutional morality.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Tamil Nadu government seeking a direction to the Governor to accept the recommendation made by the Chief Minister to reinduct Ponmudi as a minister.

The plea said once the conviction was stayed, there was no legal and constitutional bar on the re-induction of Ponmudi in the state cabinet.

The state government has filed an interim plea in a petition relating to non-grant of assent to bills cleared by the legislative assembly.

The senior DMK leader was disqualified as an MLA under the Representation of the People Act after the Madras High Court recently reversed his acquittal in the disproportionate assets case.

The top court stayed the conviction and the sentence.

The Governor, while refusing to reinduct Ponmudi, said his conviction and sentence had only been suspended and not set aside.

Published By:

Shreyasi Jha

Published On:

Mar 22, 2024

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