SC Tells Centre to Give Tuki and Co List of Seized Documents

Apex Court asked Centre to provide list of documents seized from offices of Nabam Tuki, his cabinet colleagues after imposition of President’s Rule.

Published: 09th February 2016 05:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2016 05:03 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to provide the list of documents seized from offices of the deposed Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet colleagues after the imposition of President’s Rule in the state. The Centre termed most of the papers, running to lakhs of pages, irrelevant and unrelated.

“You (Centre) can’t say that the documents seized by you are not related to them. You give the full list of whatever has been seized... The question of choice will emerge only after you give the whole list,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Centre, referred to a fresh interim plea of the state government saying it would be difficult to give all documents to the petitioners. He refuted claims of Congress leaders, including the former CM , that their offices were sealed and documents seized.

The court also observed that the Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa cannot summon “at his whims” the state Assembly session after he decided to advance it by nearly a month to test the majority of the Tuki government.

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