Uttarakhand crisis: Floor test stayed till April 7

Nainital: Uttarakhand crisis took a new turn on Wednesday, when a division bench of Uttarakhand High Court stayed floor test till April 7.

The bench headed by Chief Justice K M Joseph posted the matter for hearing on April 6.

"In view of the consent of the parties that the writ petition be posted to 06-04-2016 for being disposed of finally, we direct that the order, which is impugned in these appeals will be kept in abeyance till 07-04-2016," the bench said.

The order came after Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, strongly opposed yesterday's order saying courts cannot interfere with the Presidential proclamation.

Justifying the Centre's action, the AG contended that "unconstitutional" developments had taken place in the Assembly on March 18 and horse-trading was underway.

Earlier, top Congress leaders including Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal filed a petition in the state High Court on 28 March against the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand. The High Court on March 29 allowed the ousted Congress government in Uttarakhand led by Harish Rawat to prove its majority in the state while allowing President's rule to continue till the floor test.

News24 Bureau