Governor's Power to Dismiss the Ministers

On 29th June, 2023, Tamil Nadu Governor dismissed a Minister from the cabinet, who had been arrested, but later suspended the order following a request from Union Home Ministry.

  • Article 164(1) states that Ministers hold office at the Governor's pleasure, but constitutional experts argue the Governor can't remove a Minister without the Chief Minister's approval.
  • In State of Punjab vs. Principal Secretary to the Governor (2023), the Supreme Court (SC) underlined that political differences in a democratic polity have to be worked upon and sorted out with a sense of sobriety and maturity.
  • In Nabam Rebia and Etc. vs. Deputy Speaker and Ors ....
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