President’s rule in Arunachal: Government submits response in SC

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The central government on Friday submitted in the Supreme Court its response on a petition filed by Congress challenging Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s report recommending the imposition of President’s rule in the party-ruled state and subsequent presidential proclamation.

The central government filed its response in pursuance to the constitution bench’s January 27 direction asking it to file its reply on the petition filed by Congress’ chief whip in the Arunachal assembly, Rajesh Tacho.

It submitted its response in the registry of the Supreme Court.

Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice N.V. Ramana, hearing a bunch of pleas challenging the role of governor in the ongoing political crisis in Arunachal Pradesh, posted the matter for Monday.

On January 27, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had told the court that while deciding to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the central government had relied upon the governor’s report and other inputs.

Rajkhowa on January 28 submitted to the Supreme Court, in a sealed cover, his reports to the central government on the political crisis in the northeastern state including the one in which he recommended President’s rule be imposed.

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