With the ugly political game in Itanagar plunging the whole of Arunachal Pradesh into turmoil, the Gauhati High Court has instructed to hold all decisions taken by the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh, including the removal of the Speaker Nabam Rebia up to 1 February 2016.
While coming down heavily on Governor JP Rajkhowa, Justice Hrishikesh Roy of Gauhati High Court said, ‘The decision of the Governor to advance the winter session of the State Assembly by a month without consulting the State government is a clear-cut violation of Articles 174 and 175.’
Besides, on 9 December, a notification was passed in which Governor JP Rajkhowa ordered a resolution notifying that the removal of Speaker Nabam Rebia should be the first agenda of the House. The Governor further instructed that the Deputy Speaker should preside over the House from the first sitting.
Meanwhile, noted advocate Kapil Sibal has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on behalf of Speaker Nabam Rebia. The issue also rocked Parliament, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their immediate intervention in the matter.
However, a number of Congress leaders have termed the incident as unfortunate, noted leader Digvijay Singh in his tweet said, ‘Murder of Democracy in Arunachal Pradesh. Government of India and BJP openly supporting defectors from the Congress. Assembly Session in private premises!’
In another development, dissident leader Kalikho Pul on Friday approached the Guahati High Court to appeal for his anticipatory bail. It may be mentioned here that Speaker Nabam Rebi had filed a petition against Pul. Justice PK Saikia is dealing with Pul’s case.