Uttarakhand crisis: Centre moves HC challenging its order for floor test

  • PTI, Dehradun
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2016 15:24 IST
Former chief minister Harish Rawat interacts with the media in Dehradun on Tuesday. (PTI)

The Centre moved the Uttarakhand high court on Wednesday challenging an interim order by a single bench directing a floor test in the assembly on March 31, days after President’s Rule was imposed in the state.

A petition was mentioned before a division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht by attorney general Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of the central government.

The petition sought clarity on whether the floor test can be held in the state assembly after the promulgation of President’s rule when the House is in suspended animation.

After a two-day hearing on a writ petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state, the single judge bench of Justice UC Dhyani in an interim order directed a floor test in the Assembly on March 31 and allowed even the nine disqualified rebel MLAs of the Congress to vote during the exercise.

Filed by former chief minister Harish Rawat through his counsel and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the writ petition has Union of India as the respondent.

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