Top Court Notice To Shivraj Chouhan On Plea Challenging Appointment Of 28 Ministers

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in April had inducted 5 cupboard ministers. (File)

New Delhi:

The appointment of 28 ministers by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP authorities in Madhya Pradesh has come below the scanner of the Supreme Courtroom, which on Wednesday took observe of the objections of former meeting speaker and Congress chief that this violated the ceiling on the utmost variety of ministers mounted below the Structure.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his authorities and sought their response on the plea of former meeting speaker NP Prajapati.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Vivek Tankha and advocates Varun Tankha and Sumeer Sodhi showing for Mr Prajapati mentioned that appointment of 28 ministers in Madhya Pradesh cupboard was in clear violation of Article 164 (1A) of the Structure.

The bench mentioned that it’s issuing discover and would hear the matter.

Beneath Article 164 (1A) of the Structure the full variety of ministers, together with the Chief Minister within the council of ministers in a State shall not exceed fifteen per cent of the full variety of members of the legislative meeting of that State.

On June 2, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan carried out a serious growth of his cupboard, together with 28 new members, a dozen of them former Congress MLAs whose rebel contributed to the collapse of Kamal Nath led Congress authorities within the state.

On March 23, Shivraj Singh Chouhan sworn as chief minister of the state and on April 21, he had inducted 5 cupboard ministers.

Mr Prajapati mentioned that the appointment of 28 ministers was in clear violation of Article 164 (1A) of the Structure as per which the full energy of council of ministers together with the Chief Minister can’t transcend 15 per cent of the full variety of members within the state legislative meeting.

He added that with the appointment of 28 ministers, the full energy of council of ministers together with the Chief Minister is now 34.

“Nevertheless, within the current case, with solely 206 members at current being the members of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Meeting, the respondents (Governor, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and MP Authorities) couldn’t have appointed greater than 30.9/31 members because the council of ministers,” Mr Prajapati mentioned in his plea.

Mr Prajapati, who’s an MLA from Gotegaon constituency of the state, raised a authorized query in his petition whether or not the cap of 15 per cent of the full members of the legislative meeting can be decided as per the current members of the Home, or the full seats within the Home?

“If the variety of seats was to be the figuring out issue, then the utmost cap of 15 per cent can be 34.5. If the cap is learn as relevant to the full variety of members of the meeting, then the utmost cap of 15 per cent can be 30.9/31”, the plea mentioned.

Mr Prajapati mentioned that it’s an undisputed place that with two deaths and after the resignation of 22 MLAs from the legislative meeting, the seat of the meeting stood as 206 members and remaining 24 seats would bear the method of recent election.

“It’s obvious that the respondents have misinterpret and misinterpreted the dictum of Article 164 (1A) to be 15 per cent of the full seat of the meeting that’s 230. Suffice it to say that the cautious utilization of the phrases shall not exceed fifteen per cent of the full variety of members of the legislative meeting of the state versus the full variety of seats results in the inescapable conclusion that the constitutional mandate is 15 per cent of the presently lively members of the meeting in contradiction to the full variety of seats”, the plea mentioned.

It mentioned that if the current method of the respondents is held to be legitimate then the entire function and intent of resignation/ disqualification of a member below anti-defection legislation would stand vitiated.

“If the current method is to be given impact to, it will result in a state of affairs the place regardless of resignation or disqualification of members, the cupboard would proceed to be constituted primarily based merely on the full variety of seats within the mentioned Home, thereby remaining oblivious and unconcerned with such defections and resignations,” the plea mentioned.

It added, “Suffice it to say that the impact of such defections and resignations would then be worthless and otiose, and the identical would result in absurdity and absolutely can’t be the interpretation given to the Constitutional dictum of Article 164 (1A)”.

Mr Prajapati mentioned that to the most effective of his data, these questions haven’t been answered authoritatively by any structure bench of the highest courtroom, thereby requiring the intervention of the courtroom within the current matter.

He sought course declaring that within the context of Article 164 (1A), the time period “whole variety of members of the legislative meeting” can be interpreted and skim as members current and sitting forming the seat of the home.

He additionally sought course to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to carry the numerical energy of the council of ministers in conformity with the utmost cap of 15 per cent as given in Article 164 (1A) of the Structure.

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