NEW DELHI, Dec. 7 -- The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Puducherry lieutenant governor (L-G) Kiran Bedi's decision to nominate three people as the members of the Union territory's assembly in 2017.

"The L-G has the power to nominate and the members so nominated are entitled to vote in the sitting of the [Puducherry] Legislative Assembly. The nominated members can also exercise their vote in budget and no-confidence motion against the government,'' the court said.

The court rejected the ruling Congress's plea, challenging Bedi's decision to nominate V Swaminathan, K G Shankar, and S Selvaganapthy, saying she should have consulted the Union territory's government before nominating them.

A bench of justices A K Sikri, Ashok Bhushana and S...