Governor J P Rajkhowa cited ‘cow slaughter’ protest as one sign of law and order collapse in state

SC says ‘matter too serious’, seeks Centre’s reply by Friday

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 28, 2016 7:12 am
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“Cow slaughter” was cited by Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa as a sign of complete collapse of law and order in Arunachal Pradesh while recommending imposition of President’s Rule in the state. Claiming breakdown of the constitutional machinery, the Governor also attached photographs of a “cow” — a Mithun — being slaughtered outside Raj Bhavan as a material justifying the proclamation of emergency.

This was disclosed Wednesday by the Governor’s counsel Satya Pal Jain in the Supreme Court which asked the central government and Rajkhowa to adduce all relevant materials showing good reasons for imposition of President’s Rule in the state, and observed that the “matter is too serious”.

Jain, who had been asked by a Constitution Bench led by Justice J S Khehar to place the Governor’s report before it, said a series of reports had been sent by the Governor to the President and the Union Home Ministry, but he would not want to share them with the Congress and its leaders who are petitioners in the matter.

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“We will show everything to the court though. We will show you (judges) the photographs of cow slaughter too… it is there in one of the reports,” said Jain, an Additional Solicitor General and a former BJP MP.

On December 17, after the High Court kept in abeyance the Governor’s decisions to advance the assembly session which led to the toppling of the Congress government in the state, several Congress leaders, according to the Governor’s letter to the President, sacrificed a Mithun outside Raj Bhavan.

Mithun, also known as the cattle of the mountains, is a bovine species of the north-eastern region, recognised as the state animal in Arunachal Pradesh.

Asking Jain to place in a sealed cover all the reports forwarded by the Governor for its scrutiny on Monday, the five-judge bench issued notices to the Centre and Rajkhowa, and asked them to file their replies by Friday to the petitions challenging the Governor’s recommendation.

“It is a matter of priority for us… file your replies by Friday and we will take it up on Monday… also, we will make it clear that we will not pass any order until we have heard all the parties. It is a constitutional issue and we will not pass order just like that… this proclamation has to be defended by the Attorney General,” the bench told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who represented the Centre.

Rohatgi, however, said the petitions by the Congress leaders were “misconceived” and should not be entertained since they had challenged the Governor’s recommendation but not the President’s notification, the substantial cause of action.

“They filed this petition on January 24 whereas the President’s notification came on January 26. Where is the challenge to the notification by them? Further, they cannot be allowed to challenge the Governor’s recommendation since it is immune. How can such a petition be entertained? Everyone has to comply with procedural requirements and this court is also bound by the rules. They must file a fresh petition. There cannot be any super-injunction by this court on a petition like this,” he said.

But the bench asked the Attorney General not to delve into technicalities and accept the notice for filing a response. “We are not thinking about super-injunction. We have issued notice to you and whatever may be the worth of their petition, you file your reply,” the bench told Rohatgi.

The bench also accepted a plea by senior advocates Fali S Nariman and Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the Arunachal Pradesh speaker and chief whip of the Congress legislature party, to amend the petitions to counter the Governor’s report as well as the President’s notification.
It directed Jain, the Governor’s counsel, to share with the petitioners the date of his report recommending proclamation of emergency.

Nariman and Sibal pressed for the exact date of the Governor’s recommendation as they reminded the bench that he had assured the court that “nothing untoward or precipitative” would be done without informing the bench during the pendency of the matter.

“You were here… you should have updated us. It was your duty to apprise us if there was any movement,” the bench told Jain. It said it would decide on February 1 whether the petitioners should also be given the Governor’s reports. It also expressed “doubts” regarding secrecy of the Governor’s report.

During the proceedings, Sibal requested the bench to ensure their plea is not rendered infructuous by swearing-in a new Chief Minister followed by a floor test. The bench said it acknowledged there are “alive” issues and that it would examine his requests on the next date of hearing.

The bench has been hearing a batch of petitions since last week, challenging various decisions of the Governor and other actions which led to the Opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs getting together to “vote out” Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

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    John
    Jan 28, 2016 at 5:42 am
    Centre government is trying to place BJP govt in A.P , therefore they made a strategic plan since they came power and it will also implement in other non BJp ruled state .
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      John
      Jan 28, 2016 at 5:39 am
      Governor is trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere. There has numbers of governor but we had not seen such dictator governor yet. He is playing a dirty game and ruingin the peaceful state.
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        Aap
        Jan 28, 2016 at 2:55 am
        A simple humble but powerful cow. Overpowered all intellectuals? No talk about corruption and development of India any more?
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          BhaktoKePapa
          Jan 28, 2016 at 4:54 am
          This SCUUMghi governor is a m@dh/ ch0dd
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            Nation
            Jan 28, 2016 at 5:01 am
            BJP appointmented Governors are more loyal to BJP rather than Consution. Some are just jokers.
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              Jim
              Jan 28, 2016 at 7:53 am
              Nabam Tuki in touch with terror outfit NSCN-K says governor report Why Pre$$utes not highlighting this
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                Jay
                Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 am
                the news has been twisted in such a way to sell it to common people. obviously half of the indians wouldn't use their brains before commenting
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                  Ravinder
                  Jan 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm
                  Itanagar speciality Beef steak,I am enjoying.........
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                    Romik
                    Jan 28, 2016 at 1:47 am
                    There were a lot of problems with the govt. CM ociated with terrorists; NO embly meeting for 6 months. ALl were the reason for Gov's action
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                      Nation
                      Jan 28, 2016 at 4:59 am
                      It is a political issues rather than fight between Hindu Muslims or Christians. BJP is a party of crooks who just seek political divideds by fomenting religious hatred and communal divide. They are party evolved from gang who murdered hi ji. This party must be eradicated to save the nation.
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                        Jay
                        Jan 28, 2016 at 1:22 am
                        ....like me
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                          arc
                          Jan 28, 2016 at 9:37 am
                          Chaddi governor. By definition a liar. By training a killer. By orientation a fascist. By mentality Hindu Taliban. By education ..... What education? Him? Ho Ho.
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                            langodu
                            Jan 28, 2016 at 1:18 am
                            I think it is better for the people of Arunachal Pradesh to be with China. India is run by brahmin criminals!
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                              ashok
                              Jan 28, 2016 at 12:57 am
                              Supreme Court would just blame the governor for not taking the court into confidence before going to the government for declaration of President rule
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                                Rajesh
                                Jan 28, 2016 at 10:14 am
                                Major reason? Lol, pressutes at work. CONgi MLAs demanded their CM be removed. That is the reason. The Governor cannot even act without the support of the House. Another shameless attempt by pressutes and pseudo-seculars to communalize every issue.
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                                  Bijan Mohanty
                                  Jan 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                  Arunchal Governor is a brilliant consutional expert appointed on recommendation of brilliant Narendra Modiji.
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                                    Karunakaran
                                    Jan 28, 2016 at 4:31 am
                                    About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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                                      Karunakaran
                                      Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 am
                                      Governor’s counsel is Satya Pal Jain. Almost certainly is a Gujju Jain. In Gujarat, can Dalits buy houses where uppercastes and Jains live? Jains, though small in number, create havoc around India through their food preferences. Hindus have fallen into the Jain traps of cow slaughter-free environments. Through their food preferences, a small number of people have caused a billion to distrust one another.
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                                        Karunakaran
                                        Jan 28, 2016 at 1:18 am
                                        The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai had this out of this world belief that he could be like the man who transformed Singapore. The dokhla-bhai was so certain in his ability that he got rid of all the able and educated leaders in the BJP, and kept the more incompetent and uneducated people (like himself) as his cabinet colleagues. The w of India knows that he can't deliver. But he comes up with new slogans.As if the slogans are going to create employment! And now quarterly meetings! What are these quarterly meetings going to achieve when the dockhlabhai has no education to understand what is going on! After all, the devil is in the detail, not in the report le. People of India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as their next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar is a man of education and a man of substance.
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                                          Chalchalrenowjawan
                                          Jan 28, 2016 at 5:19 am
                                          The present Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the state bordering China,Bhutanand Burma has hardly been in office for 7 months and 27 days till now!He has recommended to the Centre the "imposition of President's rule in the state and suspension of the democratically consuted Govt.of 32 months standing!In the election to its embly in May,2014 Congress won 42 seats out of 60 with 49.5%vote share!BJP won 11 seats with 30.96% vote share only! It may be recalled that the people of Arunachal have a grouse against "amese" in connection with border dispute!Further, the Hindus form 29%of the total potion of Arunachal Pradesh,whie Christians(30%) and others form the remaining 71% of potion! And Cow slaughter is NOT legally banned in the state!And that could not render the consutional machinery inoperative!
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                                            Kaliyug
                                            Jan 28, 2016 at 1:53 am
                                            There are few upright politicians and fewer high level government officials, add to this mess is the people being converted to other religions either by force or by fraud. Now you have a total unbalance in the mix of people for and against cow slaughter. If the national ruling government proclaims a ban then it should be enforced in every corner of the country, otherwise let those who eat cows continue to kill and eat it. There was total lack of foresight before the cow slaughter ban, it makes no sense as long as Hindus raise their cows for milk, then when it goes dry try to sell it off and act holy.
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