Guv can't issue notice to me: Reddy

Guv can't issue notice to me: Reddy

Addressing a press conference in Bangalore, Reddy said the office of the Governor was not designated as court and it was also not a quasi-judicial authority.

“The office of the Governor cannot call or summon the ministers or their counsel to appear for hearing. The notice by Governor directing me to appear in person or through our counsel is unconstitutional,” he alleged.

Congress MLC K C Kondaiah, in his petition to the Governor, had sought disqualification of the trio alleging that they were indulging in illegal mining and their continuing in the Cabinet would influence decisions in favour of their business activities.

On the basis of the complaint, the Governor on January 19 issued a notice seeking replies from Reddy brothers and Sriramulu. The ministers’ advocates presented their arguments before the Governor on Monday and hearing was adjourned to June 3.

Reddy said he had replied to the notice and had clarified on every point raised in the petition in January itself. There was no basis on which the trio can be disqualified as there was no constitutional basis for the same, Reddy said.