Centre moves Supreme Court against Uttarakhand HC verdict

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The central government on Friday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Uttarakhand High Court verdict that quashed President’s Rule in the state.

As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the Centre’s plea before a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, the court asked him to approach its secretary general for the numbering of the petition.

Chief Justice T.S. Thakur will then decide which bench would hear the plea, the court said.

The bench of Justice Misra and Justice Singh is on Friday sitting in court number one as Chief Justice Thakur and two other senior most judges — Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar — are busy with a conference of chief justices of high courts.

Attorney General Rohatgi told the court that the petition challenging the Uttarakhand High Court’s verdict was filed on Friday morning and that there was a possibility of something happening between Friday and Monday.

Therefore, “I will press for the stay of the (high court’s) verdict today itself,” he said.

It is likely that the central government’s plea may come up for hearing later in the day or on Monday.

The BJP-led central government suffered a setback on Thursday when the Uttarakhand High Court set aside President’s Rule in the state, restoring status quo ante with Congress leader Harish Rawat as the chief minister.

–IANS

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