President's rule in Arunachal under SC scanner

The apex court has issued a notice to the centre on a plea challenging the imposition

New Delhi: The imposition of President’s rule in crisis-hit Arunachal Pradesh yesterday came under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court, which sought the report of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa recommending central rule in the state, saying, "it is too serious a matter."

"Unless we get the grounds for recommending the President’s rule, we cannot proceed," the Supreme Court said. PIC/AFP
"Unless we get the grounds for recommending the President’s rule, we cannot proceed," the Supreme Court said. PIC/AFP

It also issued a notice to the central government on a plea challenging the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on January 26.

The constitution bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice NV Ramana issued the notice giving the Centre time till January 29 to file its response and directed the hearing of the matter on Monday. It also gave liberty to petitioner Congress chief whip in Arunachal Pradesh, Rajesh Tacho to amend the plea to include challenge to the presidential proclamation.

"Unless we get the grounds for recommending the President’s rule, we cannot proceed. If grounds are not same in the proclamation then it is totally a different ball game," the bench said. It was also of the view that no interim order can be obtained unless the parties see the grounds for proclamation for the rule.

Congress calls Modi govt 'dictatorial'

New Delhi: The Congress yesterday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of attempting to destabilise all the opposition-ruled states. Congress in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh, V Narayanasamy, said, "We will not keep quiet…we will fight on the road, in the court and in the Parliament. We will see that justice is given to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The top leadership of the BJP wants to be monarch and dictator."

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