SC quashes PIL challenging President’s Rule in Uttarakhand
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today quashed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging Centre’s decision of imposing President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.
The apex court also dismissed petitioner advocate ML Sharma’s demand for a CBI probe into the alleged horse trading of MLAs in the state before the dismal of the Congress government.
Dismissing the plea, the SC bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur questioned the locus standi of Sharma.
The bench also asked Sharma as to how he was affected by President's Rule in Uttarakhand and warned him that his credibility is at stake if he continues to file such types of PILs.
Seeking the quashing of the Presidential proclamation, Sharma had questioned how the Council of Ministers could recommend the imposition of President's Rule when the state's Governor KK Paul had already directed then CM Harish Rawat to go for a floor test on March 28.
The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when 9 Congress MLAs rebelled against the Congress government. The Centre had imposed President's Rule a day before Rawat was supposed to take the floor test in the assembly.