Arunachal Crisis: SC Issues Notice To Centre

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the government over the imposition of the President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and asked it to submit its response by Friday. 

The Supreme Court asked counsel for Arunachal Pradesh Governor to furnish immediately his report that led to imposition of President’s rule in the State. The court also asked why it was not apprised about the latest development.

During the hearing, the apex court asked Arunachal Pradesh Governor to submit before it the report on the basis of which he recommended the imposition of President’s Rule in the state. The apex court has asked Governor JP Rajkhowa’s counsel to send its reports on e-mail and place them in court in 15 minutes.

The court gave the order during an emergency hearing of a petition filed by the Congress against central rule in the northeastern state. The matter is likely to be heard next on February 1.

The fresh plea assumes significance as the five-judge bench is examining constitutional provisions of the scope of the Governor’s discretionary powers, even as the Nabam Tuki government battles for survival because of rebel Congress MLAs.

An earlier plea filed by Nabam Rebia, who was allegedly removed from the post of Speaker by rebel Congress and BJP MLAs in an assembly session held at a community hall in Itanagar on December 16, has listed legal questions, including the Governor’s power to convene an assembly session without the aid and advice of the government.

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