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UP governor whipped over rude letter

Jun 27, 2006 09:40 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The UP governor TV Rajeshwar is in the midst of a controversy yet again. This time, it's over his refusal to let his legal adivsor be transferred out.

The move has snowballed into a major constitutional crisis and the matter has now reached the Supreme Court. But here too, there is trouble for the governor.

The two-judge bench, consisting of Justice Laxmanan and Justice Kabir, is holding Rajeshwar responsible for precipitating the crisis.

They observe that he had written a rude letter to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.

This is what the governor wrote in reponse to the Allahabad High court's decision to transfer Rajeshwar's Legal Advisor, PK Dube.

Governor's letter to CJ-
For reasons already explained by me, PK Dube cannot be released before May-June 2007.

In response to this, Justice Laxmanan said, "The language of the governor's letter is not in proper tone."

Echoing his views, Justice Kabir said, "It's the choice of these words that has aggravated the situation. The governor, it appears, wanted to hold on to Dube indefinitely."

The Centre's counsel, Gopal Subramanyam, defends the governor: "I can assure you that the governor did not intend to be rude to anyone."

But the damage may already have been done. The Supreme Court has now stopped the Allahabad High court from listening to this matter at all.

The one man who may be enjoying this debate is UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has himself fought many battles against the UP governor.

But in the end, it's not just about a battle between the governor of a state and the judiciary.

The Raj Bhavans all across the country are increasingly becoming pawns in larger political battles. And that must be a worrying factor for lawmakers.