The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Uttarakhand HC’s verdct quashing the President’s Rule in the state.
It asked the High Court to submit the order by 27 April before the DC could resume the hearing.
Earlier in the day it asked the central government to produce the evidence that the governor had recommended for President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.
Hearing the appeal petition against the Uttarakhand High Court’s order to quash the Modi government’s decision to impose President’s Rule, Justice Dipak Misra asked if the governor had sent recommendation for dismissal of the state government.
The centre replied saying that the President was not bound by the governor’s recommendation.
Justice Misra asked if the High Court’s verdict could be stayed and referred to the Constitution bench.
Reacting to the SC order, the Attorney General, Mukul Rohargi said that this meant that the Governor’s rule had revived and “the chief minister will have no power or jurisdiction to work any further till further orders.”
He said, “Court has added a rider that the Govt will not revoke President’s rule before 27 April.”
Rebel Congress MLA, Vijay Bahuguna, said it was a good judgement and he was quite hopeful that view of HC wouldn’t find favour with Supreme Court.
Ousted chief minister, Harish Rawat, said that this order was interim, till 27 April because the apex court didn’t have HC’s judgement copy.
He told reporters, “All in all, the state is facing a huge issue. Until SC makes a final judgement, President’s rule can’t be revoked.”
More to come
(Source: TV reports)