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Kalam accepts Buta’s resignation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today accepted the resignation of Bihar Governor Buta Singh who had stepped down in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict indicting him for dissolution of the state Assembly last year.

West Bengal Governor Gopal Gandhi has been asked to discharge the functions of the Governor of Bihar in addition to his own duties, a Rashtrapati Bhavan press communique said here.

Mr Buta Singh, who was indicted by the apex court for Constitutional impropriety, had sent in his resignation yesterday.

The Supreme Court had in his 3-2 majority judgement had said the Governor’s decision to recommend dissolution of the state Assembly under the garb of checking “defection” was “perverse” and taken in “bad faith”.

“On facts, the inescapable inference is that the sole object of the Governor was to prevent the claim being made to form government and the case would fall under the category of bad faith,” Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Justice B.N. Agrawal and Justice Ashok Bhan had said.

“There was no material, let alone relevant, with the Governor to assume that there were no legitimate realignment of political parties and there was blatant distortion of democracy by induced defections through unfair, illegal, unethical and unconstitutional means,” the court had said.

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