AJAY BHATT Vs. STATE OF UTTARAKHAND
LAWS(UTN)-2013-7-21
HIGH COURT OF UTTARAKHAND (AT: NAINITAL)
Decided on July 09,2013

Ajay Bhatt Appellant
VERSUS
STATE OF UTTARAKHAND Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (1.) By means of this petition, the petitioner has challenged the Notification no.178/XXXVI(3)/2013/36 (2)/2006 dated 13th April, 2013, whereby His Excellency the Governor of the State of Uttarakhand, by exercising the powers as provided under Article 213 (1) of the Constitution of India, has promulgated the Ordinance No.01 of 2013 known as The Uttarakhand State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 {hereinafter referred to as the 'Ordinance'}, according to which the amended Ordinance shall be deemed to have come into force with retrospective date i.e. 13.03.2012. By this Ordinance, an amendment has been made in Section 3 of the Uttar Pradesh State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1971(as applicable in the State of Uttarakhand) {hereinafter referred to as the 'Principal Act'}, by inserting five bodies at serial no.58 to serial no.62. In addition to amendment in Section 3 of the Principal Act by inserting five bodies, a saving clause has also been incorporated by the Ordinance, wherein it is provided that notwithstanding such amendments, anything done or any action taken under the Principal Act, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the Ordinance. Further prayer has been made for declaring private respondent, namely, Dr. Harak Singh Rawat as disqualified for being a Member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly in view of Article 191 of the Constitution of India.
(2.) In the year 2012, the respondent no.4, Dr. Harak Singh Rawat was elected as a Member of the State Legislative Assembly in the General Election held in the month of January, 2012, and thereafter, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister. By an Office Memorandum dated 7th August, 2012, issued by the Principal Secretary of the Agriculture and Marketing Department, he was appointed as Director of Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai Development Corporation Ltd. By a subsequent Office Memorandum dated 7th August, 2012, he was also appointed as Chairman of the said corporation. Further, the respondent no.4 was also appointed as Chairman of Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Kalyan Nigam Ltd. and also Chairman of Uttarakhand State Seeds and Organic Certification Agency. Offices of these posts were office of profit. The respondent no.4 took over the charge of these posts.
(3.) The petitioner was also elected as Member of the State Legislative Assembly. Thereafter, he was elected as the Leader of Opposition for the State Legislative Assembly. On 2nd April, 2013, the State President of the B.J.P. submitted a memorandum to His Excellency the Governor of the State with the contention that the respondent no.4, Dr. Harak Singh Rawat, Agriculture Minister, is also holding the office of profit of different corporations including Uttarakhand Seeds and Tarai Development Corporation Ltd. and in view of Article 191 (1)(a) of the Constitution of India, he should be declared disqualified for being a Member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly. Another Memorandum dated 10.04.2013 was also submitted before the Governor of the State. The Memorandum dated 2nd April, 2013 was signed by the Leader of Opposition i.e. the present petitioner and other members of the party.;


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