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SC recalls notice to Arunachal Guv; issues new ones to Centre

4New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Monday recalled its previous notice to Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa for imposing President’s Rule in the state after the Central Government argued against it.
The Central Government argued that governors enjoyed immunity from judicial proceedings.
The court also issued notices after Arunachal Pradesh’s former chief minister Nabam Tuki appealed President’s Rule in the state and gave the Central Government until Friday to provide copies of all documents and files impounded from offices of the ex-chief minister and parliamentary secretaries to them. The Central Government has also been told to copy the documents into hard disks of computers impounded from the offices of the chief minister, his ministers and parliamentary secretaries.
President Pranab Mukherjee imposed president’s rule in the state amid deepening political crisis in the state on January 24 on a recommendation by Union Cabinet.
The Supreme Court issued notices to Governor Rajkhowa and Central Government on January 25 after the Congress, which has the majority in the state, appealed the president’s decision.
Arunchal Pradesh fell into political crisis after 21 of the 47 Congress MLAs in the 60-member house, 11 BJP and two Independent MLAs impeached Speaker Nabam Rebia and elected dissident Congress leader Kalikho Pul to replace Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in “sessions” held at makeshift venues in December.
Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thondok, a dissident Congressman, also revoked Nebia’s suspension of the 14 MLAs.
Nebia appealed the decisions in Gauhati High Court, which stayed them as well as a notification issued by Governor Rajkhowa advancing the assembly session from December 16 to January 14 until February 1.
Thondok and some dissident legislators appealed the order to a higher bench, which stayed the MLAs disqualification.

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