A Division Bench of the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital, hearing the case on the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, objected to the Centre’s “haste” and said the Centre was “introducing chaos” by intruding into the State’s affairs.
The HC said, “All hasty decisions are not necessarily absurd but the timing of the decision [to impose President’s Rule] shows that they had already made up their mind on what would unfold [in the Uttarakhand Assembly] on March 27 and March 28 [had the floor test been allowed to be conducted on March 28],”
The Centre argued that that Mr.Rawat, as an “obligation”, should have resigned as he did not have the confidence of a majority of the MLAs in the Assembly, to which the HC said, “Failing of Money Bill obliges the Chief Ministers to resign, but if they don’t resign then you either bring a no confidence motion or the Chief Minister is asked to seek confidence through a floor test.”
The Attorney General said that the President’s Rule and suspended animation will last only for two months as it's a temporary freeze. The matter be taken up in the Parliament. After that there will be a floor test and the Congress government might return. To this argument the HC replied that you are introducing chaos and for two months you are taking back the power of a government which the people had democratically elected.