Supreme Court begins hearing of Congress petition challenging Parrikar as Goa CM

Supreme Court Of India

New Delhi, March 14: Hearing on Congress’ petition challenging appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa CM begins in Supreme Court.

The Congress on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging Goa Governor Mridula Sinha’s decision to appoint Bharatiya Janata Party leader Manohar Parrikar as the chief minister of the state. The hurriedly filed petition late in the evening was mentioned at the residence of Chief Justice J S Kehar.

A special Bench is being constituted for the hearing as the apex court is on Holi break for a week. The petition filed by Goa Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar has sought a stay on the swearing-in of Parrikar as the chief minister.

The petition has also sought quashing of the decision of the governor to appoint Parrikar as the chief minister. The petition, filed by advocate Devdutt Kamath, is likely to be argued by senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and has made the Centre and Goa as the parties.

The Goa CLP leader has argued that the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the polls and under constitutional convention, the governor was bound to invite the single largest party to form the government and give it the opportunity to prove majority in the floor test.

It said the decision of the governor was blatantly unconstitutional and illegal, arbitrary and violated the basic features of the Constitution.

He added that the decision was hastily taken by the governor on Sunday. Further, the advocate said it was wrong on the part of the governor to invite the BJP-led alliance for government formation as there was no pre-poll alliance. In the 40-member House, the Congress has 17 MLAs, followed by the BJP with 13, the MGP (3), the GFP (3), the NCP (1) and Independents (3).