Uttarakhand crisis: HC rejects Centre’s plea to adjourn petition on President’s rule

NEW DELHI: The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday rejected Centre’s submission for deferring the hearing on former Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s plea challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bisht did not allow the plea of two Additional Solicitors General (ASG), representing the Centre, that the hearing be adjourned as a “completely new case” has been set up by Rawat.

ASGs Tushar Mehta and Maninder Singh sought adjournment on the ground that issue of alleged passage of appropriation bill by the state assembly brings in completely new facts and needed to be responded to as they deal with the root of the case.
“We are not going to adjourn it. If you want to file a response then file it during the day or by tomorrow,” the bench said and assured the law officers that it would not deal with the issue till Centre files its response.
The bench, however, made clear that it will go ahead with the hearing of the case.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the ousted Chief Minister, opposed the Centre’s bid to get the matter adjourned on the ground of filing its response on the issue of appropriation bill.
The appropriation bill is a consolidated legislation on the state’s annual budget which was declared passed by the state Assembly.
A two-judge of the Nainital bench of the High Court had on Wednesday stayed the floor test for the Harish Rawat Government in the Uttarakhand Assembly, which was scheduled for March 31 and decided to take up the matter on April 6.
The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against the Rawat government, resulting in a flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Governor K.K. Paul on the same day and staked claim to form the government.
However, the Centre imposed President’s Rule last Sunday, a day before Rawat was supposed to take the floor test in the assembly.

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