Uttarakhand HC Pulls up Centre for Imposing President’s Rule
The Uttarakhand High Court questioned the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in the state a day before the scheduled floor test in the Assembly, according to a report in The Indian Express.
The high court, on Monday, said that the “root of the matter is you (Central government) are cutting at the root of democracy” and that the Governor must be “non-partisan” and not an “agent” of the Central government.
The court also asked why the Centre was concerned about the disqualification of nine rebel MLAs.
What is passing through… our mind is that is it the look-out of the Central government as to what would have happened on 28 March (when the floor test was to be held) in view of the changed composition and in view of the nine disqualified rebel MLAs? Will it not be totally extraneous for the Central government, which is ruled by another political party, to be concerned by the changed composition?... The floor test was scheduled for 28 March... What was the hurry to impose President’s rule?Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bist