Thiruvananthapuram: In response to the ongoing dispute between the state government and the governor, the government is taking its battle back to the Supreme Court. The High Court had rejected the government’s plea regarding the governor’s delay in signing bills passed by the Legislative Assembly. In a significant move, the government has filed a special permission petition with the Supreme Court, requesting that the governor be made a party in the case.
The special permission petition has been jointly filed by the Chief Secretary and the Law Secretary. In this plea, the state government argues that the governor’s delay in making decisions on bills is an injustice to the people of Kerala and the legislative assembly members.
The government’s criticisms against the governor have intensified in this latest petition, making it more substantial than the previous Supreme Court filing. Initially, the government brought this matter before the High Court in November 2022. However, the division bench, including Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chali, dismissed the petition, noting their inability to issue directives to the governor. In an attempt to explore the possibility of reaching a consensus, the government momentarily delayed further legal action.
As the governor remained unyielding in the face of the government’s wishes, the government decided to return to the Supreme Court. Legal advice prompted the government to pursue an appeal against the High Court’s verdict, as failure to do so might be interpreted as an acceptance of the decision.