The Supreme Court today ordered to continue the President’s rule in Uttarakhand till next judgment. Hearing on the Centre’s plea, the apex court today extended the stay on Uttarakhand High Court order, implying there will be no floor test on April 29 in the state Assembly. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on May 3rd.
The Supreme court posed seven questions to the Centre asking it to justify imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand. The apex court asked if proceedings in the Assembly can be considered by the President for imposing Central rule.
The court also sought answer to the question as to when the President’s role comes in picture with regard to Appropriation bill. It asked, whether a delay in the floor test can be a ground for proclamation of President rule. While hearing the Centre’s appeal against Nainital High Court order, the apex court said the Speaker is the master of the Assembly.
The court asked whether disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker is relevant for the purposes of invoking President’s rule under Article 356. It also asked, could the Governor have sent the message in the present manner under Article 175 (2) for conducting floor test in the Assembly. It further asked if proceedings in the Assembly can be considered by the President for imposing Central rule.