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Supreme Court Upholds Appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers

In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers in various states, asserting that such appointments do not violate the Constitution. Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud, leading a three-judge Bench, emphasized that Deputy Chief Ministers are essentially Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) and Ministers of State governments, irrespective of their title.

He underscored that these appointments do not breach constitutional principles, as Deputy Chief Ministers hold roles equivalent to other ministers and do not receive higher salaries. Despite claims by the petitioner alleging religious and sectarian motivations behind such appointments, the court deemed the petition lacking in substance and upheld the legality of the practice.