SC likely to hear petitions today filed by Congress in connection with President’s Rule in Arunachal

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New Delhi, February 1: In wake of the ongoing political turmoil in Arunachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court is likely to hear the petitions filed by Congress Party challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh today. On Wednesday, a five-judge bench headed by Justice J S Khehar posted the matter for today. Later, the Centre had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday to justify the imposition of President's rule.
The affidavit, filed by Ministry of Home Affairs, claimed that there was complete breakdown of governance and law and order in the state. The Centre told the court that Arunachal Pradesh has been witness to recurrent insurgency as well as attempts by China to claims large parts of its territory. The affidavit also referred to six reports forwarded by the Governor to the President and to the Ministry, corroborating the reasons for proclamation of Emergency and maintaining that there was political instability in the state and a war-like situation.

Taking cue from the Governor's Report, the affidavit filed by the centre to the apex court states that there has been breakdown in the law and order in the state. Apart from this, the Assembly session was not convened for a gap of over 6 months and this was cited as a reason for imposing President's rule.  

Six reports, three emails and photograph and video CDs have been submitted on behalf of the Governor. Governor in his report had talked of former Chief Minister, former Speaker and his supporters of instigating violence and using unconstitutional language against the Governor.

In December last year, Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to impeach Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue.  The move was termed as illegal and unconstitutional by the Speaker. The rebel group MLAs congregated at a community hall after the state Assembly complex was allegedly sealed by the local administration, and impeached Rebia in an impromptu session chaired by Deputy Speaker.

27 MLAs in 60-member Assembly, including the Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues, had boycotted the proceedings. A day later, in an another turn of events, opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs congregated in a local hotel to vote out Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and to elect a rebel Congress MLA in his place but the Gauhati High Court intervened to keep in abeyance decisions taken at the rebel group meeting.

Earlier, the Supreme Court on the plea filed by the Congress party and former Speaker Nabam Rebia, had issued a notice to the Centre and the Governor and asked them to file a reply. Congress in its petition challenged the President's rule and said that despite the case pertaining to the disqualification of 14 dissident legislators pending before the apex court, the decision to impose President's rule was taken.

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