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PM need not resign: Fali Nariman

Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi | January 24, 2006 13:49 IST
Last Updated: January 24, 2006 23:22 IST


Fali Nariman, one of India'stop lawyers and a Constitutional expert, told rediff.com that the Supreme Court has ignored what happened after Bihar Governor Buta Singh sent his report on a situation in the state that eventually prompted the central government to dissolve the assembly.

While indicting Buta Singh on Tuesday, the court said that he misled the Centre in recommending the dissolution of the state assembly and that theUnion council of ministers should have cross-checked before accepting his recommendation.

In a five-judge bench, three judges severely indicted Buta Singh while the other two judges did not agree with their criticism.

Nariman argued, "In this case, one has to read the minority judgment also. They have clearly said that there was no mala fide intentionon thepart of the Governor."

Hesaid that since it is a3: 2 judgement, it isnot ethically binding on the government and it should not feel the pressure as much as Buta Singh.

While citing the reason behind his argument, Nariman said,"The Supreme Court did not go far in itscriticism of the government and thejudgment issharply divided.Also, it isnot categorical in critising the central government. I don't see any need for the prime minister to resign," he said when asked about the opposition clamour for the prime minister's resignation.

The Left parties have said that the problem is not only about Governors from non-political backgrounds, as the majority judgement points out, but also about the latitude and scope of gubernatorial powers.

Nariman disagrees: "Not at all; the Governor needs widepowers and independence. In fact, I would strongly recomment that we elect our Governors and this will allow them to be impeached, if they falter."

"It is a matter of propriety for the individual whether to continue in office or not," Nariman said, when asked if Buta should quit the gubernatorial post.

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Sub: Fali may be right, legally and technically.

But morally ? Fali is thoroughly and disappointingly misguiding the population of Bharat Varsh. He seems to be very conveniently forgetting that there are genuine ...


Posted by chanakya





Sub: Buta and Nariman

This legal expert show his loyalty to the Congress as he is a Rajya Sabha MP of Congress. He finds the gap in the judgement ...


Posted by rajadurai





Sub: SC

It seems that after giving initial observation some times back. SC has kept its decision pending for negotiation with Central Government. and finally they have ...


Posted by sanjay





Sub: Buta Singh

We definiitely fo not want Dr.Manmohan Singh to resign.After a good 35/40 years we have an ideal person at the helm from whom people and ...


Posted by Subhash Sirur





Sub: Blame on Buta

In my opinion, Mr.Buta should resign immediately otherwise the President should sack him withtout further delay. About the P.M. and Home Minister, both are also ...


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