Government to challenge Uttarakhand verdict in SC

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The BJP government will move the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the Uttarkhand High Court verdict setting aside President’s Rule in the state, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said.

“We will move the Supreme Court tomorrow (on Friday) at 10.30 a.m. and urge the court to hear the matter urgently,” Rohatgi said.

The government decision came after a meeting at residence of Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah which was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The sources said the meeting discussed the high court verdict and the options before the party and the government.

They said that it was decided to move the apex court as the high court has also upheld the disqualification of nine dissident Congress lawmakers.

Setting aside president’s rule, the high court also asked Harish Rawat, who was chief minister before central rule was imposed, to prove his majority in the 70-member assembly on April 29.

–IANS

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