Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa has terminated the services of two law official, Advocate General Ranji Thomas and Additional Advocate General R.H. Nabam, Raj Bhavan said on Tuesday.
“In exercising of power conferred to him under Article 165(3) of the Constitution of India, the governor withdrew his pleasure with respect to appointment of Thomas as advocate general and Habam as additional advocate general of the State,” Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said in a statement.
Rajkhowa had sent out a message this week saying people could refer complaints to the governor’s secretariat and the two advisors between whom various departments have been clearly distributed to the officials who joined as advisors barely a week ago.
The Arunachal Pradesh political crisis took a dramatic turn when the Supreme Court accepted the Centre’s plea and recalled a notice issued to the state’s governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa. The decision was taken under Article 361 which states that the governor and the President would not be answerable to any court in the exercise of powers and duties of office. Their conduct can however be reviewed by court.
At the same time, the Supreme Court also issued a notice on former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki’s fresh plea protesting President’s Rule in the state.
On 26 January, President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the Cabinet’s recommendation and imposed President’s Rule in the politically unstable state. The Congress, that was in power at the state, protested President’s Rule being imposed before the matter was heard by the Supreme Court.