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Plea in Supreme Court asks for direction to Maharashtra governor to nominate MLCs from quota

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New Delhi (ILNS): A Latur-based Head Master, Dr Jagannath Shyamrao Patil, has moved the Supreme Court, asking it to direct the Maharashtra governor to nominate MLCs (Member of Legislative Council) in  Maharashtra from the governor’s quota. The petition has been filed by RR Deshpande and Associates on behalf of the headmaster.

Dr Patil wants the apex court to pass directions to the Maharashtra Governor and others, to act in consonance with the mandatory provision of Article 171, with respect to nominating the MLCs in legislative Council of Maharashtra. Over ten seats have fallen vacant.

The petitioner also sought that the Governor and others should defer the nominations till the specific norms or criteria are framed and approved by the office of the Governor. 

In the absence of that, the top court should direct appropriate authorities to make such nominations under its sole discretion without any influence of the recommendation of the council of ministers, the petition stated. 

The petitioner also sought that the Apex Court should also pass directions to the  Governor, to make the nomination of the said posts only in light of qualifications as prescribed under 171(5) of the Constitution of India.

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-India Legal Bureau

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