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SC asks petitioner to show provisions violated by Centre in advancing Budget

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to order postponement of the Union Budget and asked the petitioner to show which law prohibited the government from advancing the Budget Session of Parliament.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2017 19:29 IST
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A television journalist sets his camera inside the premises of the Supreme Court in New Delhi February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to order postponement of the Union Budget and asked the petitioner to show which law prohibited the government from advancing the Budget Session of Parliament.

The petitioner, advocate M L Sharma sought that the BJP-led government should not be allowed to call the session as assembly elections were due in five states from next month.

He sought a direction to restrain the government from announcing “any relief, programme, financial budget until the states’ elections are over” as it would violate the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

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“What’s the big deal if people get to know in advance what the government proposes to do?” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar told the petitioner. “We do not find any justification tentatively in your petition unless you show us a legal provision.”

It gave him time till January 20 to produce more material supporting his petition. “You tell us what provisions have been violated,” the bench told him. “’Take time and prepare hard.”

The Centre has decided to convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the Union Budget for 2017-18 fiscal the very next day.

Sharma also sought a direction to strip BJP of its ‘lotus’ election symbol for alleged violation of the model code of conduct.