Assure us you won’t revoke President’s Rule till decision is announced: Uttarakhand High Court to Centre

Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday asked Centre for a definite assurance that it will not revoke the President’s Rule in the state till a verdict is pronounced.

“We are pained that you can behave like this,” said the Uttarakhand High Court, when the centre said it cannot guarantee whether President’s Rule will be revoked for the hill state.

“The highest body, government of India is involved…The petitioners apprehension is that Central would revoke the President’s rule before we pass our final order…More than anger we are pained…how can you play with the court…this is travesty of justice,” the bench of Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bist said.

Continuing its hearing for the fourth day, the court also told the Centre it may allow ousted chief minister Harish Rawat’s petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule and ensure that a floor test is held.

The Congress has expressed its apprehension to the court that the President’s Rule might be revoked and the Governor might invite the BJP to form government before a verdict is pronounced or even reserved.

“Is the government a private party? More than anger, we are pained that you can behave like this. How can you be playing with the court?” the court said in remarks that echo its sentiment on Wednesday when it ruled that even the President of India can “go wrong” in such matters.

The judges of the Uttarakhand High Court  suggested that there is a point of suspicion in  Centre’s motives in its decision to recommend that the state be governed by Delhi through the office of the Governor.

The Centre on Wednesday claimed that the court cannot challenge the President’s assent which led to a sharp observation from the judges.

As additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta defended President’s Rule, the court said the case can be re-examined as there is ‘no king or absolutism’.

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