Uttarakhand HC verdict: Centre challenges order quashing President's Rule

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the central government to approach its secretary general for listing its petition challenging an Uttarakhand High Court order setting aside President's Rule in the state.

A file photo of Harish Rawat. PTI

A file photo of Harish Rawat. PTI

An apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice S K Singh asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to approach the court's secretary general after he mentioned the central government's plea challenging high court judgement.

Since Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice T S Thakur was absent, Justice Dipak Misra, who was presiding over the bench, stated that the CJI would be apprised of the matter and a hearing would be fixed thereafter.

The court said thereafter, Chief Justice T S Thakur will decide which bench will hear the matter.

It is likely that the central government's plea may come up for hearing later on Friday or on Monday. The Court Registry is expected to put up the matter before the CJI and convey the decision during the course of the day.

Justice Misra said in view of the non-availability of the CJI, some arrangement has to be done for its listing.

The AG said there was a need for an urgent hearing in view of the apparent problem likely to occur between Friday and Monday.

"I want to press for the stay today itself," Rohatgi said.

A petition was also filed by nine Congress rebel MLAs who were disqualified by the Speaker and they have challenged the HC verdict keeping them away from participating in the floor test scheduled for April 29.

The AG, who was flanked by Additional Solicitors General (ASG) Maninder Singh and Tushar Mehta and senior advocate Harish Salve who had appeared for Uttarakhand in the HC, said an SLP has been filed on Friday morning challenging the verdict of the HC pronounced on Thursday by which the President's Rule proclamation under Article 356 has been quashed.

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Vivek Tankha were present on behalf of the Congress party.

Coming down heavily on the Centre for the March 27 proclamation under Art 356, the High Court quashed the imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand on Thursday and restored the dismissed Congress government while castigating the Centre for uprooting a democratically-elected government.

The HC had said the imposition of President's rule was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court.

Directing the revival of the Harish Rawat government, which was dismissed by the Centre on March 27, the High Court had ordered that he should seek a vote of confidence in the Assembly on April 29.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Apr 22, 2016 13:39:45 IST

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