PIL seeking postponement of Budget rejected

Krishnanand Tripathi
File photo of Supreme Court of India.

File photo of Supreme Court of India.

Supreme Court Monday rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking postponement of presentation of union budget in view of assembly elections in the five states.

Rejecting the petition filed by lawyer ML Sharma, the apex court said that there was no illustration in the PIL to show that the presentation of union budget would influence voters’ mind.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had asked the petitioner ML Sharma to show which law was violated if the budget was presented on the first February as decided by the union government.

Several political parties have also approached the election commission seeking the postponement of general budget to a date when voting in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Goa and Manipur gets over on the eighth March.

Parties have claimed that the ruling bloc NDA may try to influence the poll outcome through the schemes announced in the union budget.