SC dismisses plea seeking President’s rule in UP for ‘breakdown of law and order’
Plea alleged UP is gripped by extra-judicial killings by the police, torture by prison officials, restrictions on freedom of press, and violence against minorities and rising crimes against Dalits
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh under Article 356 of the Constitution.
The petition by advocate CR Jaya Sukin alleged breakdown of law and order, discrimination against minorities and rising crimes against Dalits in UP as grounds for imposition of President's rule.
The Supreme Court asked the petitioner, CR Jayasukin, the basis for making such claims.
"How many states have you studied crime records. Show us what basis. There is no research about what you are saying. How is your fundamental right getting affected," Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde queried, as per a report carried by Bar & Bench.
“We will impose heavy costs on you if you argue further,” CJI Bobde cautioned the petitioner before dismissing the matter.
The petition by Jayasukin alleged that a situation has arisen in Uttar Pradesh wherein it has become impossible for the government of UP government "cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution".
The petition alleged that the state is gripped by unlawful, arbitrary and extra-judicial killings by the police, torture by prison officials, restrictions on freedom of press, and violence against minorities and rising crimes against Dalits.
The petitioner highlighted the Hathras gang rape incident and the State actions thereafter to buttress his point.
"The imposition of Article 356 in Uttar Pradesh is necessary to save Indian democracy and lives of 20 crore people," the petitioner claimed,