Harish Rawat restored as Uttarakhand CM

Harish Rawat was restored as the chief minister of Uttarakhand after the Centre revoked President's rule late on Wednesday evening. An undertaking to this effect was earlier given to the Supreme Court by attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, a day after the dismissed Congress CM won a floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly .
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submission before a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh, drawing praise from Rawat's lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi for his “fair“ stand on the issue.
Following this, the bench in a short order dictated in open court said that there was no illegality in the voting process and permitted the Modi government to revoke President's rule.
“The Union of India is wedded to the concept of democracy,“ Justice Misra noted in his order, binding the government down to revoking President's rule by the end of the day. Rawat won the floor test 33-28 in the 61-member assembly as per a sealed report handed over to the court by two legislative officers who supervised the floor test. The nine disqualified Congress rebels were not allowed to vote in the floor test.
The court clarified that should the disqualification be held illegal, Rawat would have to face another floor test in which they could vote. The Modi government though had no other recourse but to withdraw President's rule as any other move looked politically and legally disastrous.
President's rule would have lapsed by May 24 as it was not yet cleared by Parliament. Earlier, the high court had quashed the presidential proclamation as “hasty“ and ill-conceived“ in the face of Rawat's willingness to face a floor test. Adverse comments by the Supreme Court would have made the government's position worse.
The AG ensured that there would no debate on the `legality of President's rule,' for now when he urged the court to place it for further hearing after the court's summer recess ending June 29. The bench clarified that the twin issues of legality of President's rule and whether it was justified or not at that relevant time and the issue of disqualification would be dealt with later. Before rising, the bench told the AG to produce the order revoking President's proclamation before the court day after so that the court could issue further directions on when the other legal issues could be debated at length for the future.

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