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  • SC says Arunachal Pradesh Governor cannot summon Assembly session at his will

    Published on February 9, 2016

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said, Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa cannot summon the state Assembly session on his own after he decided to advance it by nearly a month to test the majority of the crisis-hit Congress led Nabam Tuki government.

    A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar on Monday observed that the Governor cannot summon the Assembly session at his whims.

    SCArunachal Pradesh is currently under the President’s Rule.

    The court also said there was nothing wrong if a no-confidence motion is passed against the Tuki government, which faced a rebellion, in the state assembly when the Deputy

    Speaker was in charge of the House proceedings after removal of the Speaker.

    The court made the observations when the counsel appearing for some rebel Congress MLAs, reiterated his stand that the Governor was not barred from summoning the assembly session on his own, without the aid and advice of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.

    The Apex court, which is hearing a batch of pleas on certain powers of the Governor under the Constitution, would resume hearing on Tuesday.