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Calling It 'Travesty Of Justice', Uttarakhand HC Slams President's Rule

With the imposition of President's rule in the state of Uttarakhand running into a political impasse, the gulf between the Centre and the State has deepened further. The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday slammed the Centre's move by declaring that it was a 'travesty of justice.'

The Article 356 of the Indian Constitution which calls for the President's Rule is only imposed in a state where there has been a failure of the functioning of constitutional machinery. But the reigning Uttarakhand government has accused the Centre of undemocratic behavior which has been further resonated by the Uttarakhand High Court.

In an order censuring the decision from the Centre, the Uttarakhand High Court mentioned the following: "Brings to the fore the situation where Article 356 has been used contrary to the law laid down by the apex court, whatever material - we have discussed the effect of the material - we have also noticed the date on which it was issued. We must not be understood as saying that under no circumstances no solitary instance can lead to imposition of Prez rule."

The Chief Justice of Uttarakhand KM Joseph delivered a snarling resistance against the Centre's attempt by saying that the Centre was trying to uproot democracy and was acting instead like a private political party. On April 7th, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat filed an application which stated that the Centre was trying to usurp the state of Uttarakhand by imposing the power of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) through the evocation of Article 356.

Harish Rawat welcomed the decision saying, "We welcome the high court decision. This is a victory for the people of Uttarakhand. People of Uttarakhand have a right to govern themselves."

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