New Delhi, January 13: The Supreme Court on Friday has asked lawyers to provide more of legal provisions and materials in support of plea seeking postponement of presentation of the Union Budget due to Assembly elections in five states. Therefore SC has refused to accord urgent hearing on the plea. the next hearing in this case will be done on next Friday.
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked lawyers to present material and legal provisions in support of a PIL and tell the court what provisions have been violated.
The court told the petitioner lawyer M L Sharma that they didn't find any material in support of the petition. The bench asked Mr. Sharma to take time and prepare "hard" and come out with the material in support of the PIL.
The court has set January 20th for further hearing of the plea. The PIL sought to direct the Centre to present the Union Budget in the financial year 2017-18 on 1st April instead of the proposed February 1.
It also said that the central government be restrained from declaring "any relief, program, financial budget until the states' elections are over" as they would violate the Model Code of Conduct.
Notably, the Election Commission came up on January 4 and declared the schedule of Assembly elections to be held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh. Ones the schedule is been declared, any of the government cannot announce budget or cannot provide any financial assistance to any state which can affect the election results.
But the Centre has already decided to convene the Budget Session of Parliament from January 31 to present the Budget for the year 2017-18 fiscal on the very next day. Other political parties earlier opposed government’s move and asked President Mukherjee to turn the decision but he refused.