New Delhi, July 13: In its verdict, the Apex Court on Tuesday quashed the order of Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa and restored the Nabam Tuki-led government in the state. A five-judge constitution bench, headed by Justice JS Khehar, ordered that status quo ante as prevailed on December 15, 2015 be restored in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly. Media agencies reported that it held that all steps and decisions taken by Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in pursuance to Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa's order of December 9, 2015, are unsustainable.
With this judgement of the Supreme Court, the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government has been restored in the state. According to reports from media agencies, Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said, "We were hopeful since the beginning that we will get justice from the Supreme Court. Our expectations have been fulfilled. The democracy of the state has been restored. BJP illegally tried to remove ministers. We have received justice. I will go back to the state and will talk to the party members. We will summon a meeting and things will be decided accordingly. I am yet to receive the details of the judgment copy."
"The SC has quashed all the notifications issued by the Governor on December 9 and has also restored status quo as on December 15 when Tuki was the chief minister," Vivek Tankha, the lawyer appearing for the Congress Party, told media. "Pursing which the assembly was convened on July 16 to remove Speaker Wangki Lowang and subsequently on July 17 to pass a no confidence motion," he added.
Arunachal Pradesh was placed under President's Rule on January 26. Just before the apex court had reserved its verdict on February 20, rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh with the support of 18 dissident Congress MLAs and two independents and 11 BJP MLAs who gave outside support. The Congress party had 47 MLAs seats in the 60-member assembly and suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled in January 2016. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.