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SC verdict likely today on Arunachal issue

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 12 - The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict tomorrow on the petitions challenging the Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa�s decision to prepone the State Assembly Session and his direction to take up the resolution for the removal of the then Speaker Naban Rebia as the first item.

In the wake of dissident activities in the State, the Arunachal Pradesh Governor had preponed the Assembly Session to December 16 last year from January 14. He has since gone on leave and Tripura Governor Tathagat Roy is officiating as the State�s Governor.

Rajkhowa had directed that the resolution for the removal of Speaker Rebia be taken up as item number one and the party composition of the State Assembly would remain unaltered.

It was argued on behalf of Governor Rajkhowa that if Governor, under the Constitution had power to prorogue the House then he could as well prepone the Assembly Session otherwise scheduled for a later date.

While reserving their order on the petitions challenging the role of the Governor on February 22, 2016, the Constitution Bench, comprising Justices Jagdish Singh Khehar, Dipak Misra, Madan B Lokur, Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and NV Ramana, had said that if they come to conclusion that the Governor had exceeded his jurisdiction in exercise of his discretionary powers then it would put the clock back to the situation prior to December 16.

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