A bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud with Justices JB Pardiwala and Manoj Misra stated that the designation of a Deputy CM does not breach the constitutional position that a Chief Minister must be elected to the legislative assembly.
“The petitioner files Article 32 plea to challenge appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers in States. He contends that no such office is there as per the Constitution. A Deputy CM is first and foremost is a minister in the government of the states. The designation of Deputy CM does not breach the constitutional position that a CM must be elected to the legislative assembly. Thus, this plea lacks substance and is thus dismissed,” the order said.