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Bihar verdict: Govt to issue statement

That SC judgement was a split verdict also weighed in Govt's mind. The crisis

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 12:34 IST

Smarting under a stinging attack of the Supreme Court on imposition of President's rule in Bihar, the Union Cabinet met on Tuesday.

The Government said it will come out with a comprehensive statement on the issue "within a day".

Meeting against the backdrop of the 3-2 majority judgement that held Governor Buta Singh guilty of "subversion" of the Constitution and whose approach was solely to block NDA from forming the Government, the cabinet is understood to have reviewed the situation.

The court had also rapped the Union government saying it should have verified the facts and not taken his report as gospel truth.

The fact that the judgement was a split verdict also apparently weighed in the Government's mind when Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters the Government respected the judgement on a matter which was quite complex.

While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier in the day said that the country has to accept what the court had said on the imposition of President's rule, Patil said after the cabinet meeting that the Government is going to study the judgement in detail and carefully and will give its comprehensive statement within a day.

"This is proved by the fact whereas three judges have held the act (of the Governor) as unconstitutional, the other two senior judges have disagreed with the pronouncement," the Home Minister said.

Patil, who declined to take questions, said the judgement was quite lengthy and its copy was available only around 1900 hours.

Before the cabinet meeting, Science Minister and legal expert Kapil Sibal met the Prime Minister and is understood to have discussed the judgement.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 11:03 IST