New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to consider the possibility of a floor test under its supervision.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh posed the question before Mukul Rohtagi, attorney general of India and asked him to take instructions on it from the government, before adjourning the matter to be heard on Wednesday.
The court was hearing the Centre’s appeal challenging the Uttarakhand high court’s 21 April ruling quashing President’s rule in the state. A day later, the apex court had stayed that order after the Centre assured the court that no action will be taken to revoke President’s rule in the state to allow the formation of a new government.
On 27 April, the stay was further extended due to which the floor test scheduled to be held on 29 April was called off and President’s rule continued in the state.
The court had also framed seven questions of law pertaining to the imposition of President’s rule in the state.
In an earlier hearing, Rohatgi had justified the imposition of President’s rule in the state, saying there had been allegations of political horse-trading, corruption and failure of constitutional machinery after the appropriation bill for its annual budget failed to secure passage.
He added that continuance of a government where the appropriation bill was shown as passed was “unconstitutional and immoral."
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing ousted chief minister Harish Rawat, had said that the government cannot be deemed to have fallen if an appropriation bill is not passed.
On 27 March, President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution dismissing the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat in Uttarakhand.