A two-judge bench of the Nainital High Court on Wednesday stayed the floor test for the Harish Rawat Government in the Uttarakhand assembly, which was scheduled for 31 March.
The court will hear the matter on 6 April. Earlier, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had urged the court to put a stay on its 29 March order for three days, and hear the matter next week.
Reprimanding the Centre for its hurry in imposing President's Rule in the state, the court asked to it as to why President's Rule was imposed even after the Governor had set a date for the floor test.
When Rohatgi argued that the Centre should be given a chance to explain as to why it had imposed President's Rule in the Congress-ruled state, the court said "a floor test is the best test and correct arena".
The crisis in the hill state erupted on 18 March when nine Congress MLAs rebelled against the Rawat government, resulting in a flip-flop in the passage of the Appropriation Bill.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met Governor KK Paul on the same day and staked claim to form a government. However, the Centre imposed President's Rule last Sunday, a day before Rawat was supposed to take the floor test in the Assembly.