Supreme Court to hear Centre's plea against HC order on President's rule in Uttarakhand
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the central government is very clear that there was a constitutional breakdown in Uttarakhand.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear Centre's plea against Uttarakhand High Court order quashing the proclamation of President's rule in the state at 3.30 pmon Friday.
The apex court bench hearing Centre's plea will be headed by Justice Deepak Misra.
Earlier today, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before the SC bench headed by Justice Deepak Mishra, seeking a stay on the verdict, which has revived the Congress government headed by Rawat.
Registrar General of the top court will take instruction from Chief Justice of India TS Thakur on listing of the matter.
Meanwhile, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the central government is very clear that there was a constitutional breakdown in Uttarakhand because the Appropriation Bill was not passed in the Assembly.
The Uttarakhand HC bench headed by Chief Justice KM Joseph came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party led government at the Centre for its March 27 move to dismiss Rawat under the much-contested article 356 that empowers the union cabinet to impose President's Rule in a state.
He said the imposition of President's rule was contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court.
The case "brings to the fore a situation where 356 has been used contrary to the law", said the bench of Chief Justice and Justice VK Bist, adding the article should only be used as a last resort.
"The proclamation of March 27 stands quashed," said the court in the "status quo ante" order, meaning the previously existing state of affairs was being restored.
Rattled by the Uttarakhand High Court's order, BJP chief Amit Shah and senior ministers today went into a huddle and decided that the government will move the SC.
Rawat has filed a caveat in the apex court seeking that he be heard before any order is passed on Centre's plea.