SC restores Nabam Tuki govt in Arunachal Pardesh

A five-judge Bench, led by Justice J.S. Khehar, directed the immediate imposition of status quo ante as on December 15, 2015.

The apex court's verdict paves the way for the return of its dismissed government headed by Nabam Tuki.

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"Pul was a minister in my government, and as per the Supreme Court's order, he is still very much part of the Congress family". Government said it will do a "structured examination" of the order and its implications before making a detailed response.

"The Centre has nothing to do with this case". He added: "The government is run by numbers". The central government acted on the basis of the report of the Governor,"Rijiju said on the sidelines of the North-East Democratic Alliance's conclave here".

From BJP President to Congress President options are being worked out at the highest level to garner and prove support if at all required on the floor of the Assembly also.

Tuki told NDTV, "It is a victory of democracy; the law has protected us and protected our country". "This is a historic and remarkable judgment".

Informing this, a statement issued through e-mail by media cell of the Arunachal Pradesh CM's office said that Tuki resumed his duties "in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court".

Finally, the bench observed: "In view of the decision from one to three, status quo ante as it prevailed on December 15, 2015, is ordered to be restored". A floor test would be required to be undertaken by Tuki in order to save his government. Earlier in the day, he had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "The Supreme Court judgement is supreme", Prasad said.

"The verdict will deter the Union government from any further misuse of power". Modi Government does not believe in democracy.

With the Supreme Court terming sacking of Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh a year ago as "unconstitutional", the Centre on Wednesday said "a lot of developments had taken place post December" that led to a new regime. "Stop punishing people of a state that elects government of another party", Sisodia tweeted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 11 members in the 60 member Arunachal Pradesh assembly and it is supporting Pul in the assembly. Later, the Speaker, who was removed, went to the Court asking whether the Governor had the power to call a special session of the Assembly without consultation with the state govt.

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