Even the President can go wrong: Uttarakhand HC on Central rule in state
New Delhi: The Uttarakhand High Court today rapped the Centre over imposition of President’s Rule in the hilly state saying ‘even the President can go wrong’.
In successive hearings, the HC bench observed, “There is no decision like that of king, which can't be subject to judicial review. That's the essence of Constitution. Even the President can go wrong, everything is subject to judicial review.”
"We are not doubting the wisdom of the President, but everything is subject to judicial review," the bench said further.
The court suggested that the Centre's motives appear ‘suspect’ in its decision to recommend that the state be governed by Delhi through the office of the Governor.
Justifying its stand, the Centre had earlier emphasised that that courts can't have jurisdiction over the President's assent.
The Uttarakhand High Court had yesterday questioned the Centre's move to impose President's Rule in the state in the 5th year of the Congress government. The Centre had imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on March 27, a day before Chief Minister Harish Rawat was to prove his majority in the state assembly.
The Uttarakhand government entered into a crisis last month when 9 Congress MLAs rebelled against Rawat and the BJP, which has 28 MLAs, staked claim to form the government.