The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a petition whether a person of foreign origin could be appointed to hold a public office.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan sought response from the Centre on a petition filed by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha (RMM), a socio-political organisation, challenging the Delhi High Court judgement dismissing a petition in this regard.
During the brief hearing, senior advocate PN Lekhi, raised the issue of Congress President Sonia Gandhi being invited in 1999 to form a government by the then president.
The RMM contended that a political party cannot be headed by a person who has assumed citizenship by registration.
The Bench, which agreed that an important contitutional issue has been raised in the petition, said it will confine itself to the question whether a person who is not born in the country can be appointed to a public office.