Deposed Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on Tuesday claimed that the Supreme Court had never passed any stricture or made disparaging remarks against him when he was holding charge in the state.
In a statement before leaving Itanagar Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, Rajkhowa said, “High Courts and the Supreme Court have held many orders — passed by Governors, the central government, state governments and the President of India — null and void, on the ground of being unconstitutional or ultra vires the Constitution. In many cases, specific directions have also been passed by the Supreme Court regarding the action to be taken against some governors. But, in the present case, the Supreme Court has not passed such strictures on the governor or any disparaging remarks on him.”
The Indian Express had first reported on September 3 that Rajkhowa had been asked to put in his papers “on health grounds” — weeks after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state.
Speaking to The Indian Express over phone on Tuesday, Rajkhowa reiterated that he was yet to receive a formal letter or order from the President telling him to vacate his post.
“Since I was appointed under the hand and seal of the President, the removal or displeasure of the President also has to come to me under his hand and seal, as is laid down in Article 156 of the Constitution,” he said.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan, who has been asked to hold additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh, reached Itanagar in the afternoon. He will be sworn in on Wednesday.
“The Hon’ble 5-member bench (of the SC) had not questioned the bona fides of the Governor or his actions on grounds of mala fide and had not indicted him of being biased or partial in favour of any political party,” said Rajkhowa. “I never recommended that President’s Rule be imposed… on Republic Day,” he said. “President’s Rule was not imposed on Governor’s report only… Only after proper assessment and due application of mind, the President, on recommendation of the PM and the Union Cabinet chaired by him, decides…on imposition of his rule. I would like to make it clear so that there is no misunderstanding that I am anti-democratic,” he said.