Tamil Nadu Governor has invited DMK leader K Ponmudy for being sworn in as minister: AG tells SC

Venkataramani told a three-judge bench headed by CJI that the governor had invited Ponmudy at 3: 30 pm to take oath as a minister.


Published Mar 22, 2024 | 1:20 PMUpdatedMar 22, 2024 | 4:24 PM

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Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi has agreed to invite DMK leader K Ponmudy to be sworn in as a minister, Attorney General R Venkataramani told the Supreme Court on Friday, 22 March.

The AG said the governor has no intention to disregard the court.

Venkataramani told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud that the governor had invited Ponmudy to take the oath at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

“The governor conveys that he has the least intent to disregard the court,” the AG told the bench, comprising Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra.

On Thursday, 21 March, the SC voiced “serious concern” over Governor Ravi’s refusal to reinduct Ponmudy as a minister in the state cabinet even after the SC had suspended his conviction in a corruption case.

The court directed him to take action within 24 hours.

Despite Chief Minister MK Stalin’s recommendation, the governor had earlier refused to reinduct Ponmudy, whose conviction and three-year sentence in a disproportionate assets case were recently stayed by the apex court.

Observing that Ravi was defying the top court’s order, a three-judge bench wondered how the governor could say that Ponmudy’s reinduction would be against constitutional morality.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by the Tamil Nadu government seeking direction to the governor to accept the chief minister’s recommendation to reinduct Ponmudy as a minister.

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