Patna HC dismisses pleas against formation of new Bihar govt

Patna
31 Jul 2017

The Patna High Court today dismissed two petitions challenging formation of the new government by Nitish Kumar's JD-U along with the BJP, saying no intervention of the court is required after floor test in the state Assembly.

The two PILs had challenged the formation of the new government on the ground that it had violated the judgement in the S R Bommai case. After hearing all parties, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A K Upadhyay dismissed the two PILs saying, after floor test in the state Assembly, no intervention of the court is required.
While one PIL was filed by RJD MLAs Saroj Yadav and Chandan Verma, the second PIL was filed by Jitendra Kumar who is a member of the Samajwadi Party. On Friday last, the court had adjourned the matter for today.

The new Nitish Kumar government, in which NDA is a coalition partner, had comfortably won the trust vote on Friday last. While the ruling alliance got 131 votes, the opposition had secured 108 votes in the vote of confidence. B C Pandey and Bhupendra Kumar Singh, lawyers on behalf of the petitioners, argued before the court that RJD, the single largest party, was not given a chance for government formation in violation of the Supreme Court judgement in the S R Bommai case and hence the oath of office and secrecy taken by ministers of the new government should be cancelled. While Advocate General Lalit Kishore appeared on behalf of the state government, Y V Giri was the Governor's counsel and the Union government was represented by S D Sanjay.

Y V Giri argued before the court that once the floor test is conducted, nothing else remains as the party clearly proved its majority on the floor of the House. The new government had furnished a list of 131 MLAs in support of the new government and they acquired the same number of votes during the confidence vote on Friday last which justified the governor's decision to call them for forming a government, Giri said.