Kamla Beniwal at the inauguration of National Museum dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
|Governor of Mizorom|
6 July 2014 – 6 August 2014 
|Preceded by||Vakkom Purushothaman|
|Governor of Gujarat|
27 November 2009 – 6 July 2014
|Preceded by||S.C. Jamir|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Alva|
|Governor of Tripura|
15 October 2009 – 26 November 2009
|Preceded by||Dinesh Nandan Sahay|
|Succeeded by||Dnyandeo Yashwantrao Patil|
12 January 1927 |
Gorir village, BUHANA, Jhunjhunu district, Rajasthan
|Political party||Indian National Congress (retired)|
|Alma mater||Maharani College, Jaipur and Banasthali Vidyapeeth|
MA (History), BA (Economics, Political Science &History)
Kamla Beniwal (born in 1927) is an Indian politician. She was a member of Indian National Congress party. She served as a minister on different posts during different time in Rajasthan. Later she served as governor of different Indian states between 2009 and 2014. She was a governor of Tripura (2009), Gujarat (2009-2014) and Mizoram (2014). Facing charges of corruption, she was relieved of her duty just two months before her tenure was to end as a governor of Mizoram.
She was born in the village Gaurir in Jhunjhunu district. She completed her BA in Economics, Political Science & History from Maharani College, Jaipur and MA in History from Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan.
She was the member of Indian National Congress.
At the age of 27, she was the first female minister in Rajasthan. Kamla has been a minister in Congress governments in Rajasthan since 1954, holding various portfolios, including home, education and agriculture. She was the revenue minister in the Ashok Gehlot government.
She was appointed Governor of Tripura in October 2009. She was the first female governor of any state of Northeast India. A month later, she was appointed as the Governor of Gujarat on 27 November 2009 where she served for more than four years. On 6 July 2014, she was transferred to the post of Governor of Mizoram. On 6 August 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee removed her from governorship with barely four months left for her tenure citing ‘misuse’ of office in Gujarat.
Jaipur land scam
Beniwal and many former Congress Ministers and political leaders from Rajasthan were accused that they were allocated expensive land at low prices on the basis of false affidavits and documents in Jaipur Development Authority area.
Beniwal had claimed to be a farm laborer putting in 16 hours of work every day for the past 41,000 days according to the records of Kisan Samuhik Krishi Sahakari Samiti Limited (KSKSSL), a cooperative body in Jaipur, based upon which land was allocated to her. The cooperatives registrar of Jaipur passed strong strictures against KSKSSL and in its inquiry concluded that the samiti's claim that they were farm labourers was false, and that the Samiti had deliberately and intentionally given false statements.
Appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta
The Lokayukta is a state-level body for monitoring the government, particularly for corruption. In August 2011, Beniwal appointed Justice R A Mehta as the Lokayukta. She did this under Section 3 of the Gujarat Lokayukta Act, 1986, which gives the governor the right to appoint Lokayukta without consulting the government, when there has been an long delay in making the appointment. In so doing, Beniwal bypassed the Narendra Modi government of Gujarat, which had been sitting on the matter since 2004.
Justice Mehta had been recommended by the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court in June 2011, but the government did not act on the suggestion. In August, the father of murdered RTI activist Amit Jethwa filed a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court, which then served a show cause notice on the government for the delay in the appointment of Lokayukta. In response, the Gujarat state cabinet set up another committee of five ministers to look into the matter.
The unilateral action of the governor was challenged in Gujarat High Court by government of Gujarat. On 18 January 2012, Lokyukta's appointment was upheld by court. Next day, government of Gujarat further appealed in Supreme Court by filing a special leave petition. On 2 January 2013, Supreme court too upheld the appointment  while noting that the Lokayukta post lying vacant for nine years reflected a "very sorry state of affairs". The bench said "the process of consultation by the Governor with the then Chief Justice stood complete, and in such a situation, the appointment of Justice Mehta cannot be held illegal". It noted that the Governor is bound to act under the advice of the Council of Ministers, but the appointment of Justice Mehta is right as it was done in consultation with the Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court. It also observed that the Governor "has misjudged her role and has insisted that under the Lokayukta Act, the Council of Ministers has no role to play in the appointment of the Lokayukta".
Removal from governorship
She was removed from governorship of Mizoram in August 2014 citing her involvement in Jaipur land scam case and 'misuse' of power during her tenure in Gujarat. She travelled by state owned aircraft 63 times during her tenure in Gujarat out of which 53 times she went to Jaipur, her hometown. During her one-month tenure in Mizoram, she spent only one day there and stayed at Rajasthan. Indian National Congress termed it as a 'political vendetta' as she was the Governor of Gujarat for four years during which there was Gujarat Lokayukta issue with government of Gujarat led by chief minister Narendra Modi who is current Prime Minister of India.
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