New Delhi, May 7 (ANI): In a judgement that could have deep political connotations the Supreme Court on Friday said governors cannot be removed or transferred just because of a change of government at the Centre.
A five-judge constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan gave the decision on a petition challenging the summary dismissal of governors by the President after a change of regime at the Centre.
Earlier, appearing for the petitioner, senior lawyer Soli J Sorabjee had questioned the removal of four governors by the UPA Government after the NDA lost elections in 2004.
He had said constitutional office holders should not be made sacrificial goats at the altar of electoral politics and should be treated with dignity that they deserve.
Sorabjee had suggested a fixed tenure for them or in case of removal, giving of proper reasons by the President of India. (ANI)