Meghalaya: SC tells Centre to explain

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Union Government to explain the grounds for imposing President’s Rule in Meghalaya despite the ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance.....

New Delhi | Published:March 26, 2009 12:19 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Union Government to explain the grounds for imposing President’s Rule in Meghalaya despite the ruling Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) led by the NCP having won the no-trust motion on March 17.

After a brief submission by senior counsel T R Andhyarjuna appearing for MPA’s chief architect P A Sangma and Meghalaya’s former chief minister Donkupar Roy,who had approached the apex court,a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan also issued a notice to the state Government.

The Bench,also comprising Justices J M Panchal and H L Dattu,said the petition would now be taken up for hearing on April 13.

In his petition,Sangma has challenged the Union Government’s March 19 notification imposing President’s Rule in Meghalaya and keeping the Assembly in “suspended animation”,contending that the entire exercise is aimed at installing a Congress Government in the state. ENS

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