Arunachal Pradesh verdict : The judiciary takes a stand against executive, again

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a severe blow to the Narendra Modi-led Central government as it quashed President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and ordered that Congress rule be reinstated in the state. The SC verdict is historic and unprecedented. The court called Governor J P Rajkhowa’s decision to recommend Central rule as illegal and violative of the Constitutional provisions.

This is not the first time that the Supreme Court has ruled supreme against the Executive. There are two more instances in the last two years when the apex court reversed Centre’s decisions. In May this year, the court paved the way for Congress leader Harish Rawat to return as chief minister of Uttarakhand. In an embarrassment, the Attorney General had to tell the court that the ‘Centre wanted to withdraw the proclamation for President’s rule to enable Rawat to take charge as chief minister.’

 

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