SC stays Uttarakhand HC order


New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that the Uttarakhand High Court order, removing President’s rule in the hill state and restoring Congress’ Harish Rawat as chief minister, be kept in abeyance till April 27.
A bench of Justice Dipak Mishra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh, while passing its orders, asked the high court to provide the copies of its April 21 judgment to all the parties by April 26.
“The judgment shall be filed before this court on that day (April 26),” the order said.
It also ruled that there would be no revocation of the presidential proclamation till April 27 when the court will again hear the matter.
“It is directed that the judgment of the high court shall remain in abeyance till April 27. That apart, as undertaken by Mukul Rohatgi, the attorney general, the Union of India shall not revoke the presidential proclamation till the next date of hearing.” The order came after an hour-long arguments on the central government’s petition seeking stay of the high court order.
While the top court put in abeyance the operation of the high court verdict, it indicated in the course of the arguments that it may refer the entire matter to the constitution bench as it involved important issues.
As the bench was about to pass its order, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal, said that its order would amount to granting final relief sought by the central government in their challenge to the high court verdict.
Addressing the concern, Justice Singh said that they are not interfering with the order of floor test on April 29, as directed by the high court.