The Uttarakhand High Court, on Thursday, quashed the Central Government’s order to put the state under President’s Rule on March 27.
The two judge bench of high court described imposition of President’s rule in the state as violation of constitutional provisions and the criteria laid down by the Apex court of the country.
While restoring Harish Rawat as Chief Minister of the state, the high court directed him to prove the government’s majority on the floor of the house on April 29.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht had decided to reserve the verdict for later.
But it decided to issue the order on Thursday itself as Harish Rawat’s counsel expressed apprehensions that the Centre may revoke the President’s rule in the state in a bid to install a new government while the court was seized of the matter.
As per reports, before announcing the judgement the division bench slammed the Centre for planning to attempt the revocation of President’s Rule before the Court’s verdict.
As per reports, the court also refused to take into consideration the centre’s contention of break down of law and order in the state as chief minister Harish Rawat as allegedly shown trying to procure MLAs’ vote to save the government.
The court said the centre imposed the President’s rule before it got the CFSL report on the authenticity of the content of the sting CD.
The court also refused to stay its own order asking the centre’s counsel to approach the Supreme Court if they wanted it to be stayed.