U’khand crisis: Will abide by SC orders, says Harish Rawat

New Delhi : Ousted Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harsih Rawat on Wednesday said that he would abide by the order of the Supreme Court, which has extended the stay on Uttarakhand High Court’s order implying there will be no floor test on April 29 in the state assembly.

“The Supreme Court has fixed a date and we will abide by that, the matter is still sub-judice in the apex court and I have no other comments to make,” he said.

Rawat lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has threatened to initiate a probe into the assets of the Congress legislators.

“The way the BJP is threatening our leaders is condemnable, they are saying that they will initiate a probe into the assets of MLAs. If the BJP wishes to initiate a probe into my assets and even wants to ask the CBI to probe my assets then I am ready for that too,” he said.

The Supreme Court has ordered to continue the President’s rule in Uttarakhand for the while.

Hearing on the Centre’s plea, the apex court today extended the stay on the Uttarakhand High Court order.

The matter will be next heard on May 3.

Earlier today, the apex court posed seven questions to the Centre, asking it to justify the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand. The apex court asked if proceedings in the Assembly can be considered by the President for imposing Central rule.

The court also sought answer to the question as to when the President’s role comes in picture with regard to Appropriation bill. It asked, whether a delay in the floor test can be a ground for proclamation of President’s rule. While hearing the Centre’s appeal against Nainital High Court order, the apex court said the Speaker is the master of the Assembly.

The court asked whether disqualification of MLAs by the Speaker is relevant for the purposes of invoking President’s rule under Article 356. It also asked, could the Governor have sent the message in the present manner under Article 175 (2) for conducting floor test in the Assembly. It further asked if proceedings in the Assembly can be considered by the President for imposing Central rule. (ANI)