President can also be wrong, Uttarakhand High Court to Centre

20 April 2016, 02:13 PM

Uttarakhand Court firmly tells Centre that “even the President can go wrong” while deciding over President's Rule which was used in the hill state of Uttarakhand to get rid of the Congress government.

The Uttarakhand High Court, while responding to Centre's submission, said, ''There is no decision like that of king which can't be subject to judicial review. That's essence of Constitution.''

''We are not doubting wisdom of the President, even he can go wrong. Everything is subject to judicial review, you should rejoice at evolution we've had,'' the high court said.

Late last month, the Uttarakhand government ha came under crisis after nine MLAs suddenly dropped off from Congress. Even though Chief Minister Harish Rawat was firm on claiming the majority, the president’s rule was imposed a day before last day to prove majority.

"You are cutting at the root of democracy," the High Court said earlier this week about the Centre, expressing its strong disagreement with the Centre's argument that it acted to prevent a constitutional breakdown in Uttarakhand.

"Each decision has an impact 10-20 years down the line," the judges said, referring to the precedent that could be set if President's Rule is unfairly invoked in states where the opposition is in power.

First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 01:59 PM
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