Tamil Nadu governor administers oath to Ponmudy as minister after SC’s directive

A day after the Supreme Court’s directive, Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi administered oath to senior DMK leader K Ponmudy as a minister in the state cabinet.

The swearing-in was also attended by Chief Minister and DMK leader, MK Stalin.

Earlier in the day, CM Stalin thanked the Supreme Court for its ‘timely intervention’ after the top court’s directive to re-induct senior DMK leader K Ponmudy as a minister.

The apex court on Thursday questioned the conduct of Governor Ravi over his decision to refuse to appoint K Ponmudy as a minister in the state cabinet and said that he had defied the order of the top court.

CJI Chandrachud said, “We are seriously concerned about the conduct of the governor in this case. We did not want to say it out loud in court but you are now constraining us to say it aloud.”

CJI noted that Ponmudy’s conviction has been stayed by the top court and despite that, the Tamil Nadu Governor is not allowing him to swear in.