SC stays Uttarakhand HC order lifting President's rule till April 27

New Delhi: Amidst the tension brewing the crisis in Uttarakhand, Supreme Court on Friday suspended the High Court order of lifting the President’s till April 27; in other words, the state would be under the Governor’s rule.

 

The apex court has directed the Uttarakhand High Court to provide the judgement to all parties by April 26 and same be filed before this court on that day.

Commenting on the ruling by the Supreme Court, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi emphasised that the Governor rule has revived in the state and that neither Chief Minister Harish Rawat nor the Cabinet has any power to take any further decisions till further orders.

“All in all, the state is facing a huge issue; and this confusion has to be sorted out as quickly as possible,” said Congress leader Harish Rawat. “Until SC makes a final judgement, President's rule can't be revoked.”

 

Adding that the Supreme Court has disallowed the Congress party to find majority from the back-door, Mr. Rawat said: “We will follow SC's judgement with due respect.”

 

Earlier today, the central government had approached the Supreme Court against the decision by Uttarakhand High Court to quash the President’s rule in the state.

 

In an embarrassing setback to the BJP-led central government, the Uttarakhand High Court had on Thursday declared that their hurriedness to impose President’s rule in the state was a threat to the federal nature of the Constitution. “Government of India could not at all have possibly taken disqualification of 9 MLAs of Congress as reason of imposition of President’s Rule. This is irrelevant,” the court had said.

 

It also declared that the Uttarakhand Assembly is to undergo a floor test on April 29.

 

News24 Bureau