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SC rejects Congress' plea for floor test in Arunachal assembly

The Supreme Court Today Rejected The Plea Of Congress Leaders Seeking An Interim Direction That It Be Allowed To Go In For A Floor Test In The Arunachal Pradesh Assembly To Prove Majority.

PTI | Updated on: 19 Feb 2016, 07:49:32 PM

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court today rejected the plea of Congress leaders seeking an interim direction that it be allowed to go in for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly to prove majority.

“This may be a possible manner of dealing with the issue, but the matter is still pending before us and we have not yet tendered our decision,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said.

The observation of the bench, also comprising Justices Dipak Misra, M B Lokur, P C Ghose and N V Ramana, came on an oral plea of senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, representing Congress leaders of the state, that the party enjoyed majority and a direction be issued for holding floor test in the assembly.

Sibal said, “we have suspected all this (alleged bid to revoke President’s Rule and install a new government). We have told our apprehensions to the court and now all that are coming true.

“We may agree with you and may not agree with you in the case. But if we agree with you, then everyone knows what will happen. Nobody will take that chance,” the bench said while referring to the apprehension regarding the formation of a new government in the crisis-ridden state.

Sibal raised another apprehension, asking what would happen if the Centre and Governor J P Rajkhowa swear in a new Chief Minister and go on to dissolve the House to ensure that power remains in their hand till snap polls are held.

“Soon after swearing in of a new government, they will dissolve the House and exercise control through a care-taker government,” Sibal said, urging that now some order should be given in the case as they have concluded the arguments.

The apex court, however, declined this request too and said that members of the bench may have different view points and an order will be pronounced only after all arguments are concluded.

The court had yesterday vacated its interim order to maintain status quo in Arunachal Pradesh assembly, which could pave the way for government formation by rebel Congress MLAs with the support of BJP lawmakers.

Referring to the Gauhati High Court order staying the disqualification of 14 rebel MLAs, the apex court had said “it does not call for any interference”. 

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First Published : 19 Feb 2016, 07:48:00 PM