SC to hear Centre’s petition against Uttarakhand HC order
The Supreme Court will resume hearing the Centre’s appeal against an Uttarakhand high court order revoking President’s rule in the state.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra will also decide whether there should be a floor test on April 29 as ordered by the high court.
The stay order that revived President’s rule in Uttarakhand, came after attorney general Mukul Rohatgi gave an undertaking that the Centre will not revoke President’s rule until April 27.
The apex court bench further indicated that the matter could be referred to a constitution bench.
An Uttarakhand high court division bench, headed by Justice KM Joseph, had revived the assembly and reinstated the Rawat Government on April 21.
The apex court had directed the high court to provide a copy of its order to all concerned by April 26. Dictated in open court, the order is yet to be signed by the judges who delivered it.
The high court however made public the ruling on Tuesday It says the imposition of the rule was a “solitary event” that violated a constitutional provision.
The crisis started after nine of his MLAs revolted and sided with the opposition BJP during a debate over the state budget in March. This prompted Governor KK Paul to ask Rawat to prove his majority in the assembly.
But a day before the trust vote, the Centre imposed President’s Rule.
The SC had, however, refused to hear the nine rebel Congress legislators’ plea for transfer of their cases pending before the high court where they have challenged their disqualification.