The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Union Government to explain the grounds for imposing Presidents 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 Meghalayas 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 Governments March 19 notification imposing Presidents 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