New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the central government on a plea challenging the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on January 26.
The apex court constitution bench comprising Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice N.V. Ramana issued the notice giving the Centre time till January 29 to file its response and directed the hearing of the matter on Monday.
The court also gave liberty to petitioner Congress chief whip in Arunachal Pradesh Rajesh Tacho to amend the plea to include challenge to the presidential proclamation.
The Congress on Monday had moved the Supreme Court challenging the cabinet decision to impose President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh based on the recommendation of state Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa. The Congress called the imposition of President’s rule a murder of democracy and constitution.
The union Cabinet on Sunday decided to impose President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh. The petition moved by Tacho has assailed the report of Governor Rajkhowa for imposition of President’s Rule and its acceptance by the union Cabinet and subsequent recommendation to the President.