A five-judge bench headed by Justice JS Kehar‘s decision to restore Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh causes much embarrassment to BJP government at the centre that had implemented emergency rule in the state in January, this year. The court had scrapped all the decisions taken by the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh including the decision to advance the December Assembly session and his directives on the conduct of proceedings. “All decisions taken by the Arunachal Pradesh assembly after December 9 are unsustainable and set aside,” held the bench in a unanimous judgment.
This is the second time in recent times when BJP faced such a situation. The beginning of this year was marked by the Central rule in Uttarakhad when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against Harish Rawat. After a prolonged battle, the courts passed a ruling in favour of Congress and Rawat.
Hailing the Arunachal Pradesh verdict, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP, Kapil Sibal hailed the verdict. “This is historic. Only the judiciary can protect the values of the constitution and I salute the judiciary for this judgement.
It all started in November in Arunachal Pradesh; last year after 21 of the Congress’ 47 legislators rebelled against chief minister Nabam Tuki. The Congress was reduced to 26 in the 60-member assembly. The Centre imposed President’s rule on January 26. The leader of the Congress dissidents’ faction, Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as chief minister on February 19. Twenty rebel Congress legislators and 11 BJP MLAs supported him.