Uttrakhand guv who petitioned against govt shifted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 08:59 IST

Uttrakhand governor Aziz Qureshi, who had taken the Narendra Modi government to Supreme Court for alleged attempts to ease him out of office, was on Tuesday shifted to Mizoram.

A Presidential communique said that Qureshi has been transferred and appointed as governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term till May 2017 and Meghalaya governor KK Paul will take his place.

Paul will continue to hold additional charge of governor of Manipur till further orders, the communique added.

Qureshi, who was among the governors appointed by the UPA government, was told by home secretary Anil Goswami to quit after change in the government.

In his petition, Qureshi had said that after the NDA government came to power, Goswami had called him on July 30 and asked him to tender resignation and made it clear that he would be removed from office if he did not step down.

He alleged, in his petition, that Goswami again called him on August 8 insisting that he resign.

Goswami on the other hand, had said in his reply to the Supreme Court that he had, with authority and justification, "suggested" to Qureshi that he should consider resigning on his own since his actions were not "behoving the status of the Governor" and showed the constitutional office in "very poor light" apart from "bringing it into disrespect".

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