High court defers hearing on plea against Pratibha Patil
The Delhi High Court on Monday deferred till September 24 the hearing of a petition asking the Election Commission to cancel the nomination papers of United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) presidential nominee Pratibha Patil.
Justice BD Ahmed said the matter would be heard after the presidential election was over as the process had already started.
The PIL was filed by the NGO Indraprastha People, which alleged that Patil, as managing trustee of the Mumbai-based Shram Sadhana Bombay Trust that is controlled by the Maharashtra government, was holding an office of profit. This made her ineligible to contest as president.
The trust runs several schools and colleges and Patil was receiving profits from the organisation, the NGO contended.