Uttarakhand HC suspends President’s rule in state; Centre embarassed

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In a major embarrassment to the central government, the Uttarakhand High Court on 21 April set aside President’s rule imposed in the state.

According to CNN-IBN, while ruling against the imposition of President’s rule in the state from March, the court said Article 356 stands suspended and status quo would be restored soon.

The court also observed that the substance, which has been considered for imposition of President’s rule is found wanting and called for a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly on 29 April,

The court order came on a petition filed by ousted chief minister Harish Rawat, who had challenged this imposition of President’s rule.

The HC had earlier flayed the central government for imposing President’s rule a day before a floor test was to be held in the Uttarakhand Assembly.