Uttarakhand crisis: High Court ruling gets Supreme Court quashing

The Supreme Court has stayed Uttarakhand HC’s order on removing President’s rule in the state

New Delhi: Giving a new turn to the continuing political drama in Uttarakhand by restoring the Central rule there, the Supreme Court yesterday stayed till April 27 the judgement of the Uttarakhand High Court quashing the imposition of President’s rule.

Before passing a brief order, a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh recorded an undertaking given by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the “Union of India shall not revoke the Presidential proclamation till the next date of hearing”.

The apex court clarified that it was keeping in abeyance the judgement of the High Court till the next date of hearing on April 27, as a measure of balance for both the parties as the copy of the verdict was not made available to the parties.

The Supreme Court bench further said that the Uttarakhand High Court would provide the judgement passed yesterday to the parties by April 26 and on the same date the copy of the verdict would also be placed before the apex court.

Respect the ruling: Rawat
Congress leader Harish Rawat, whose reinstatement as Uttarakhand chief minister was ordered by the high court but stayed by the Supreme Court, said he respected the apex court ruling.

“This decision will control the attempts to get a majority through back door and form a government that has no moral right to be there,” Rawat said.

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