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Will the Supreme Court rein in the Governor?

Will the Supreme Court rein in the Governor?

In Tamil Nadu, there is no history of anyone who was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu filing a case against the Governor. When P.S Ram Mohan Rao was the governor during Jayalalithaa's regime, it was the then opposition DMK that filed a case against her.
But this is the first time that the Tamil Nadu government has filed a case against the governor. Just like today, during Jayalalitha and Chenna Reddy era, there were events like war of opinion, war of words, back-and-forth in administration. Jayalalitha did not approach the court for this. Jayalalitha took on Chenna Reddy in her own style.
But in the case filed by the Telangana government against Governor TamilisaiSoundararajan in the Supreme Court last March, "The Constitutional Head (Governor) in the states should keep in mind Article 200 of the Constitution. Bills should not be shelved when they are sent for assent. It should be sent back with a note.''
The Tamil Nadu government, which has adopted the Telangana government precedent, has passed 13 bills in the assembly, including the power of the state government to appoint vice-chancellors to the universities, but Governor R.N Ravi has kept them pending for months without approval, and the Tamilnadu has knocked on the Supreme Court's door. 
The Tamil Nadu government has mentioned in its petition to set a time limit for the Governor to approve the bills passed by the state government.
The Tamil Nadu government has also pointed out the judgment already given by the Supreme Court in this matter. 
Great anticipation has been created about what kind of order may be passed in this on-going case against Governor R.N Ravi by the Tamil Nadu government. 
Many Governors in Tamil Nadu so far have followed a compliant course without fussing with the state government. Ram Mohan Rao, Fatima Bivi, Surjit Singh Barnala, Rosaiya are many examples of this. But at the same time, Chenna Reddy, BanwarilalPurohit, R.N Ravi, etc. have tried to control the decisions of the government.
While the argument that the courts cannot interfere in the governor's powers is on one side, the ongoing case of the Tamil Nadu government against the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Ravi, has created great anticipation throughout Tamil Nadu.It remains to be seen what kind of orders the Supreme Court will issue!