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SC to lay down guidelines on powers, role of a governor today

india Updated: Jul 13, 2016 09:48 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times
Arunachal Pradesh governor

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa. (Photo Courtesy: Official website of Arunachal Governor)

The Supreme Court will decide on Wednesday the validity of the Arunachal Pradesh governor’s decision to advance a session of the state assembly that possibly led to the fall of the then Congress government.

A five-member constitution bench headed by justice JS Kehar is likely to lay down guidelines on the discretionary powers and role of a governor in a state, a verdict that can have long-reaching ramifications in other states.

Former assembly speaker Nabam Rebia moved the top court after the Gauhati high court declared governor JP Rajkhowa’s actions valid.

Arunachal Pradesh plunged into political crisis in November after 21 of the Congress’ 47 legislators rebelled against chief minister Nabam Tuki.

This led to imposition of President’s Rule in January and the formation of a fresh government led by rebel MLA Kalikho Pul, supported by the BJP.

The top court will also take up the Congress’ petition against challenging the central rule and formation of the new government.

Governors in India have often come in for criticism for their role during disputes in states. Many regional parties and commentators say the party in power at the Centre uses governors to its benefit.