Governor Ramnaresh Yadav is left with little room to manoeuver in the wake of an FIR lodged against him. Legal experts feel that Yadav’s days in office are numbered as the scenario is ripe for the central government or the President to dismiss him in case he does not resign on his own.
Former SC judge and former Lokayukta of MP, Justice (retired) Faizanuddin said that as long as Yadav continues in governor’s office, he is immune from prosecution. “However, if the central government finds prima facie case against him, as is the scenario, the President’s office could give him an option to resign, failing which he could be dismissed,” he said.
“In the normal course of action, in these circumstances, the governor should resign on his own. We have asked the MP government to send us a factual information on the circumstances leading to registration of FIR against him. Next action will be decided only after going through the information provided by the state government,” said a government functionary dealing with the matter in Delhi.
Former advocate general of MP, Ravinandan Singh also said, “There was no impediment before the central government to dismiss the governor.”
Senior counsel in MP High Court, Rajendra Tiwari said that according to established norms, Yadav should have resigned by now. But if he does not, the Prime Minister could always recommend his dismissal to the President. “The governor cannot be arbiter to his own cause. He cannot sit in that office now,” Tiwari said.
Another senior HC lawyer, Naman Nagrath said that there are two aspects to the matter — legal and moral. Morally the governor should resign, but legally he is not required to.
“But the matter is sensitive and everyone would like to avoid the embarrassment. He is likely to get a soft message from President’s office to resign, and I have a feeling the governor would take the message up,” Nagrath said.
The public relations office of the governor said that there was no statement from Yadav on the day’s development. (With inputs from Delhi)