Uttarakhand HC stays show of strength till April 7

The order came after Attorney General strongly opposed Tuesday’s order saying courts cannot interfere with Presidential proclamation

Nainital: In yet another twist to political developments in Uttarakhand, the Division Bench of High Court yesterday stayed till April 7 the floor test in the Assembly that was slated for today.

Dislodged Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat was supposed to have a floor test in the Assembly today.
Dislodged Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat was supposed to have a floor test in the Assembly today.

Staying the order of the single judge U C Dhyani, the two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice K M Joseph posted the matter for April 6 for final hearing on the writ petition filed by ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat challenging the imposition of President's Rule in the state.

The order came after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, strongly opposed Tuesday's order saying courts cannot interfere with the Presidential proclamation. “How can a floor test be ordered when a Presidential proclamation is in force and the Assembly is in suspended animation,” Rohatgi said.

The Bench noted that the AG and senior advocate Abishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Rawat, agreed that the writ petition, which has given rise to these appeals, may be “withdrawn to this Bench” and be finally disposed of.

The AG said the Centre's counter affidavit, along with that of Centrally-ruled Uttarakhand, would be filed by April 4. The court gave 24 hours to petitioner Rawat to file a rejoinder affidavit to counter affidavits.

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