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SC refuses to interfere in J&K Governor's decision to dissolve the Assembly

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by BJP leader Gagan Bhagat, who was an MLA before the Assembly was dissolved

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The on Monday dismissed a PIL challenging the dissolution of the Jammu and by Governor

"We are not inclined to interfere (with the decision of the Governor)," a bench comprising Chief Justice and Justice S K Kaul said.

The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Gagan Bhagat, who was an MLA before the Assembly was dissolved.

The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which was in suspended animation, was abruptly dissolved by the governor on November 21, hours after the People's (PDP) staked claim to form a government with the backing of rival Conference and the

This was followed by another bid from the two-member People's Conference, which claimed the support of the BJP and 18 legislators from other parties.

PDP president wrote to governor that her party, which has 29 MLAs, was backed by the Conference and the with 15 and 12 legislators, respectively.

The dissolution was announced by Malik in a communique released by the Raj Bhavan.

The six-month tenure of governor's rule ends on December 18. This will be followed by president's rule. The state assembly's tenure was till October 2020.

Governor's rule was clamped in the state on June 19 for a six-month period following the collapse of the Mehbooba Mufti-headed PDP-BJP coalition government after the saffron party withdrew support. The state assembly was kept in suspended animation so political parties could explore the possibility of forming a new government.

First Published: Mon, December 10 2018. 11:55 IST