In a huge setback for the Narendra Modi government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the restoration of ousted Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki as it quashed the decision of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa preponing the state assembly session in December 2015.
In a unanimous judgement, a constitution bench headed by Justice J.S. Khehar directed the restoration of the status quo as it existed on December 15, 2015, directed the manner in which the assembly proceedings had to be conducted and set aside all the steps and decisions the house had taken, describing them as unsustainable.
Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Madan B. Lokur pronounced concurring judgements giving their additional reasons to agree with Justice Khehar.
Confirming the reports, Advocate Vivek Tankha said “SC quashed all notifications of 9th December issued by Arunachal Governor, restored status quo ante as on 15th Dec.”
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The verdict was pronounced on a batch of petitions dealing with discretionary powers of the Governor to summon or advance the assembly session in Arunachal Pradesh.
According to reports, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar, pronounced the judgement.
The apex court had said the verdict in this case will not only have its effect on Arunachal Pradesh, but affect every state.
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Earlier, Governor JP Rajkhowa had advanced the winter session of the Assembly without consulting the then chief minister, Nabam Tuki, and rebel Congress lawmakers sought to impeach the Speaker at a makeshift venue.
(With IANS Inputs)