President’s Rule to continue in Uttarakhand

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New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) President’s Rule will continue in Uttarakhand till further orders, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, implying that there will be no floor test for the ousted Congress government that was ordered by the state high court for Friday,

The apex court said the hearing would resume from May 3 on the central government’s plea challenging the Uttarakhand High Court order that had revoked President’s Rule in the hill state.

The top court extended its April 22 interim ruling putting on hold the high court order and allowed the central government to amend its petition challenging the high court order after a detailed judgment was made available on Wednesday.

The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh said they would hear the matter for three days and pronounce their judgment before the summer break by mid-May.

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Giving the schedule of the hearing, the bench said that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi would commence his arguments on Tuesday and conclude on Wednesday by lunch.

Thereafter senior counsel Abhishek Singhvi and Kapil Sibal, appearing for the ousted chief minister Harish Rawat, would conclude their arguments by Thursday.



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