Uttarakhand: SC frames 7 queries, seeks Centre's response on President's Rule

| Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 21:06
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Harish Rawat, President's Rule, Uttarakhand

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday framed seven questions pertaining to the President’s rule in Uttarakhand and sought the Centre’s response on the state’s political crisis.

During a hearing of Centre's plea, the court said that Uttarakhand's chief secretary has got nothing do with the present case.

The questions included whether disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker is a relevant issue for the purpose of imposing President’s rule under Article 356; whether the Governor could have sent a message in present manner under Article 175(2) for conducting floor test; whether proceedings in the assembly be taken note by the President for imposing president rule.

(Also read: Uttarakhand President rule: Supreme Court to hear Centre's plea)

Also there were questions by the court about the stage of Appropriation Bill and when does President’s rule come in the picture with regard to Appropriation bill; can a delay in the floor test be ground for proclamation of President's Rule in state?

Clearly, a series of constitutional questions have been put forward by the court. It was also observed by the court that although the convention may state that the Money Bill is not passed, the case has been foothold to the proclamation. This was the prime argument of the Centre even before the High Court when their plea was rejected.

The court also raised questions about intervention of the judiciary, whether the matters of the House unless it is something contravene the Constitution. It was deemed as a matter more of the Executive rather than something requiring Judiciary intervention; this was the observation given by the court.

The hearing is still going on.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has said there will be no floor test for Harish Rawat on April 29 to prove his majority. The case will be heard on May 3 as it stayed the judgement of the High Court.

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