SC asks for re­port that prompted Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day sought to pe­ruse the re­port of the Arunachal Pradesh gov­er­nor on the ba­sis of which the Union cab­i­net rec­om­mended Pres­i­dent’s rule in the state, terming it a “se­ri­ous is­sue”. The apex court, how­ever, re­frained from is­su­ing any in­terim or­der.

A con­sti­tu­tion bench headed by jus­tice JS Khe­har brushed aside the tech­ni­cal ob­jec­tions raised by at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi against the Congress’s pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing Pres­i­dent’s rule in the state and asked both the Cen­tre and the gov­er­nor to sub­mit their re­sponse in writ­ing by Fri­day.

Ro­hatgi ar­gued there was no chal­lenge to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion im­pos­ing the rule. But the bench re­mained unim­pressed and posted the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on Fe­bru­ary 1.

Ad­di­tional so­lic­i­tor gen­eral Sat­pal Jain, ap­pear­ing for gov­er­nor Jy­oti Prasad Ra­jkhowa, con­tended the court must keep the re­port se­cret.

At this, the bench said the re­port would be placed in a sealed cover and be only for the court’s pe­rusal.

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