Harish RawatThe Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday issued a strong message to the Centre over the political stalemate in the state and asked the Union Government to not take any action regarding the crisis, otherwise it would be forced to pass an order to protect the litigant in the case.

While hearing former chief minister Harish Rawat’s appeal challenging the Centre’s recommendation for imposition of President’s Rule in the state, a bench of Chief Justice Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht cautioned the Centre against any hanky-panky before April 18.

The High Court warned the Central government, saying that it can revoke the President’s rule in Uttarakhand.

The crisis in the hill state erupted on March 18 when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against the Rawat government, resulting in a flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Governor KK Paul on the same day and staked claim to form a government.

However, the Centre imposed President’s Rule last Sunday, a day before Rawat was supposed to take the floor test in the Assembly.