Uttarakhand HC Grants Centre Time Till April 12 to File Rejoinder

The bench assured legal officers that it will not consider the plea for adjournment till the Centre filed its reply

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Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat. (Photo:PTI)

On Thursday, Uttarakhand High Court granted Centre time till April 12 to file a rejoinder to Congress’ challenge to appropriation ordinance and validity of imposition of 356 or the President’s rule.

The Court made an official statement regarding this and said nothing should be done by April 18 or it can pass an order to protect the litigant – like revoke 356, reports ANI.

The Uttarakhand High Court, on Wednesday, had rejected the Central government’s request to adjourn the hearing in former Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s appeal challenging the Centre’s recommendation for imposition of President’s Rule in the state.

A bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht cancelled the request of two additional solicitor generals of the Centre contending that the matter should be postponed as Rawat had prepared an absolutely new case.

We are not going to stay it. If you wish to file a reply then do so by the day or tomorrow (Thursday).
The Bench

The bench assured the legal officers that it will not consider the plea for adjournment till the Centre filed its reply. However, it clarified that the hearing will continue on Thursday.

Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the ousted Rawat, opposed the Centre’s bid to get the matter adjourned on the ground of filing its response on the issue of the appropriation bill.

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