Uttarakhand crisis: Even President can go wrong, matter is subject to judicial review, HC Chief Justice tells Centre

Nainital: Deciding on the President’s rule in Uttarakhand, the High Court on Wednesday told the Centre that even the President can go wrong and everything is subject to judicial review.

The court was hearing a writ petition of ousted Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s plea challenging the imposition of President’s rule on March 26.

The court came down heavily on the Centre over its submission that courts cannot have jurisdiction over President’s assent

“There is no decision like that of a king, which can’t be subject to judicial review. That’s the essence of the Constitution,” reported ANI quoting the Chief Justice.

Stating that even the President can go wrong, the court said, “everything is subject to judicial review, you should rejoice at evolution we have had.”

“We are not doubting the wisdom of the President, but everything is subject to judicial review,” the court added.

Rapping the Centre on Tuesday, the court said that by imposing President’s rule it was taking away the powers of an elected government and introducing ‘chaos’ and that a floor test ‘cannot be deprived of its sanctity’.

Earlier this week, the court had told the Centre that it is cutting at the root of democracy. “Root of the matter is you are cutting at the root of democracy. Interference in the affairs of states is not to be seen lightly, emergency power should be used in extraordinary cases.”

with ANI