Hearing a Congress petition against imposition of President's rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court has given the Centre a deadline of 29 January to respond to the imposition. The next hearing of the case is on 1 February.
Earlier, taking serious cognisance of the Congress plea challenging the President' s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court has sought a report within 15 minutes from the state Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa on the basis of which he recommended the central rule.
The apex court has also expressed its displeasure to Rajkhowa as to why the Supreme Court was not informed about the developments in the state.
President Pranab Mukherjee on 26 January gave his assent to the Union Cabinet's recommendation for imposition of President's rule in Arunachal after he confirmed that the law and order in the border state was sensitive.
The Congress, which is determined to stall the ratification of President's rule in the state, is mulling both legal and political options to fight the same. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting yesterday.
(With ANI inputs)