Plea in High Court against Tamil Nadu Governor, challenging minister’s dismissal order
Senthil Balaji Dismissal Controversy: In Tamil Nadu, the Raj Bhavan and the Tamil Nadu government are at loggerheads over the dismissal of minister Senthil Balaji from the cabinet. Meanwhile, the matter of the minister’s dismissal has reached the Madras High Court. Social activist and lawyer ML Ravi has challenged the governor’s order to sack the minister in the court.
In the Stalin government of Tamil Nadu, Electricity Minister Senthil Balaji was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the past. Balaji is currently in judicial custody, but CM Stalin did not remove him from the Council of Ministers. Taking an unprecedented step on Thursday (June 29), Governor RN Ravi issued an order to sack Senthil Balaji from the Council of Ministers. The Stalin government got agitated over this decision and said that it would challenge the order in the court.
Raj Bhavan postponed the order
Before the matter escalated, a new order was issued from the Raj Bhavan in the late evening, in which it was said to postpone the old order. Regarding this, the Governor wrote a letter to CM Stalin and told that he will consult the Attorney-General in the matter and take legal advice.
Stalin wrote a letter to the governor
Amidst the controversy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written a letter to Governor RN Ravi on Friday, saying that the governor has no authority to sack his minister. He wrote, I repeat that you have no right to sack my ministers. This is the prerogative of the only elected Chief Minister. Your unconstitutional communication sacking my minister without my advice is illegal and invalid.
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