Patna HC Rejects RJD Petition Challenging Governor’s Decision

The court calls the petition “frivolous,” pointing out that RJD and its allies had lost the vote of confidence motion moved by Nitish Kumar.

Patna: A petition filed Rashtriya Janata Dal, challenging Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi’s decision to invite Nitish Kumar to form the government, has been dismissed by the Patna High Court on Monday.

A two-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and AK Upadhyay, rejected RJD’s claim that Governor should have invited RJD to form the government, as it was the single largest party in the Assembly, and called the petition “frivolous”.

RJD had argued that the Governor’s decision was against the Supreme Court verdict in SR Bommai’s case.

According to Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore, who appeared on behalf of the State Government, the bench said that the petition need not be entertained as the floor test has already taken place.  RJD had the chance to show its strength during the floor test in which it failed.

It may be recalled that Nitish Kumar took oath on July 27 after snapping ties with RJD-Congress alliance and formed a new government with the help of BJP-led NDA. He won the vote of confidence in the House the very next day.

Nitish resigned from his post last Wednesday citing failure of his allies RJD and Congress to act on demands of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation. It may be recalled that Lalu, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi were booked by the CBI in a corruption case that dates back to 2005.

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