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It is unfortunate that Two Highest Constitutional Functionaries of Maharashtra do not trust each other: Bombay HC

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Anurupa Pal

Published On: March 10, 2022 at 18:35 IST

On Monday The Bombay High Court expressed its Displeasure on the fact that Two Constitutional Functionaries in Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Kkoshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray do not trust each other.

The Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MM Karnik made this remark in relation to Governor’s Inaction on the Nomination of 12 Members to the Legislative Council of Maharashtra over 8 Months after the High Court’s Judgement.

After which The Bench Dismissed two Public Interest Litigations, including one filed by Bharatiya Janata Party member Girish Mahajan and directed Forfeiture of Rs Ten Lac that he asked to submit as a Pre-Deposit. The Second Petitioner Janak Vyas, was directed to Forfeit Rs Two Lac.

These Public Interest Litigations challenged some Amendments regarding the Procedure for the Election of the Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

They said Amendments relate to the secret Ballot System used for the Election of Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the Assembly which has now been replaced by the Open Voting System.

The Court Dismissed the instant Public Interest Litigations and also observed that as per the new Amendments, the Chief Minister recommendation is only related to the date of the Election.

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