Uttarakhand High Court Quashes Centre’s Proclamation Imposing President’s Rule

Nainital: The Uttarakhand high court has asked the Centre to consider putting the revocation of President’s rule on hold for a week. The court said it was “pained” that the central government was behaving in this fashion and not clarifying whether it could put the revocation on hold.

The verdict allows former Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s plea challenging imposition of President’s rule. Article 356 was imposed in Uttarakhand contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court, said the court.

The high court said the material considered by the Centre to impose President’s rule has been found to be wanting. It has ordered a fresh floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly on April 29.

The court rejected the Centre’s plea for a stay. “We won’t stay our own judgement. You can go to the Supreme Court and get it stayed,” the court said.

The high court also said the nine dissident Congress MLAs had to pay a price by being disqualified for committing a “Constitutional sin” by defecting. It also said the fate of the nine MLAs was entirely irrelevant and extraneous to the imposition of President’s rule.