Rawat moves court, seeks re­vo­ca­tion of Prez Rule

The Financial Express - - POLITICS -

Dehradun, March 28: For­mer chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat on Mon­day moved Ut­tarak­hand High Court seek­ing re­vo­ca­tion of Pres­i­dent’s Rule in the state and restora­tion of his gover nment, terming the Modi gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion as a “brazen dis­play of high­hand­ed­ness and au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism”.

A day af­ter the de­ci­sion to im­pose Pres­i­dent’s Rule for which Cen­tre cited a Con­sti­tu­tional break­down in the wake of a re­bel­lion in the rul­ing Con­gres in the state, se­nior Congress leader Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi filed a pe­ti­tion on Rawat’s be­half seek­ing high court’s in­ter­ven­tion to quash in­vo­ca­tion of ar­ti­cle 356 in Ut­tarak­hand which was “il­le­gal”.

Singhvi said, “In­vo­ca­tion of ar­ti­cle 356 in Ut­tarak­hand is ab­so­lutely il­le­gal, ar­bi­trary and malafide and there­fore its in­vo­ca­tion should be quashed and Har­ish Rawat Gov­ern­ment re­stored.”

Ques­tion­ing the tim­ing of the move which came just a day be­fore the Rawat gov­ern­ment was to go for a floor test, Singhvi said it was meant to sab­o­tage the Con­sti­tu­tional process.

Af­ter hear­ing both the sides for close to four hours, the sin­gle bench of Jus­tice U C Dhyani of the high court said the hear­ing will con­tinue on Tues­day.

Ad­di­tional Solic­tor General Tushar Me­hta will ar­gue in the court on be­half of the Union gov­ern­ment on Tues­day. Rakesh Thap­liyal rep­re­sented the Cen­tre on Mon­day.

Singhvi ar­gued that cir­cum­stances were not ap­pro­pri­ate for in­vok­ing ar­ti­cle 356 as there was no con­sti­tu­tional break­down. PTI

For­mer Ut­tarak­hand chief min­is­ter Har­ish Rawat, along with 34 MLAs, tak­ing part in a foot march to meet the gover­nor, in Dehradun on Mon­day

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