SC recalls notice issued to Arunachal Governor

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday accepted the Centre's plea and recalled a notice issued to the Arunchal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on implementation of president's rule in the state.The notice was recalled after
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India TV News Desk February 01, 2016 15:46 IST

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday accepted the Centre's plea and recalled a notice issued to the Arunchal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on implementation of president's rule in the state.

The notice was recalled after Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi apprised the court that Governor cannot be made party to a court proceeding under article 361.

At the same time, the Supreme Court also issued a notice on former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki's fresh plea protesting President's Rule in the state.

On Wednesday, a five-judge bench headed by Justice JS Khehar posted the matter for today. Later, the Centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday to justify the imposition of President's rule.

Following the growing political instability in the state , President Pranab Mukherjee last month gave his assent to the Union Cabinet's recommendation of imposing central rule in the state and keeping the legislative assembly in suspended animation.

Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to 'impeach' Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue, in a move branded as "illegal and unconstitutional" by the Speaker.

Up in arms against Tuki, 21 rebel party MLAs, including 14 disqualified a day before, with the help of BJP and independent legislators, congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was 'sealed' by the local administration, and 'impeached' Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok.

27 MLAs in 60-member Assembly, including the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, boycotted the proceedings.

A day later, in a bizarre turn of events, opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs congregated in a local hotel to "vote out" Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and to "elect" a rebel Congress MLA in his place but the Gauhati High Court intervened to keep in "abeyance" decisions taken at the rebel "session".

A "no confidence" motion moved by BJP MLAs and Independent MLAs was "adopted" with Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in the Chair. A total of 33 members in the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, later "elected" another dissident Congressman Kalikho Pul as the new "chief minister" of the state. The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his 26 supporting MLAs boycotted the proceedings terming them as "illegal and unconstitutional".

The Chief Minister later wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to "uphold" the Constitution in the face of the "unprecedented murder" of democracy and "bypassing" of a democratically-elected government by Governor Rajkhowa.

Angry over the Governor's action in calling a session of the Assembly bypassing the government, the Congress had paralysed the Rajya Sabha for two days during the winter session.

In the High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed prima facie the Governor's decision to advance the Assembly session to December 16, 2015 for taking up the impeachment proceedings against the Speaker was in "violation of Article 174 and 175 of the Constitution.

The Supreme Court referred a batch of petitions on the Arunachal Pradesh crisis to a Constitution Bench.

 
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