U’khand HC Unhappy with Rawat’s Remarks HC records displeasure over chief minister’s ‘contradictory’ statements
New Delhi: While the Uttarakhand High Cour t lambasted the Central government for imposing President Rule in the State, it has also recorded its displeasure over a statement made by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat that runs in “contradiction” to the proceedings of the State Assembly.
Rawat, the petitioner before the High Court, in his pleadings claimed (before the Court) that a demand f or division of votes was made by the BJP MLAs only after the Appropriation Bill was passed by the Speaker. However, on perusal of the proceedings of the Assembly, the division bench has observed “we cannot help r eferring to it (pr oceedings) when it says tha t the Speak er says tha t Ajay Bhatt, the Leader ofthe Opposition made a demand in writing f or di vision. T hereafter, what is stated in Hindi is that the Bill was passed”.
The 100-paged judg ement fur ther reads “we do notice that there is a contradiction in the pleadings of the petitioner and the document pr oduced. Accor ding to the petitioner, as we have already noticed, after passage of the Bill, the demand was made . We are tr oubled b y this conduct of the petitioner in making this statement”.
The Court also dismissed a g round raised b y Attor ney General Mukul Rohatgi wherein he relied on a letter written by senior BJP leaders to the Pr esident of India in support of the dissident MLAs.
Observing tha t the letter cannot be taken at its face value, the Bench has held “it would, if it has been taken into consideration, be entirely extraneous and ir relevant, as the imposition of President’s Rule would obviously to be the advantage of the BJP”. Mincing no w ords, the Court has ruled that “it is quite clear that the said par ty had a dir ect interest in seeing tha t President’s Rule is imposed”.
The Benc h has also raised ey ebrows on the haste sho wn by the Cabinet in imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.