SC dismisses petition seeking Postponement of Union Budget ahead of State Polls [Read Order]

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The Supreme Court today dismissed the PIL filed by Advocate M L Sharma sought for postponement of the Union Budget from February 1st by pointing out the assembly elections in five states.The petitioner contended that claimed that the Union Budget would violate the Model Code of Conduct in poll-bound states. It was stated that the Centre be directed to present the Union Budget in the financial year 2017-18 which would commence from April 1, instead of the proposed date of February 1.

Dismissing the plea, the bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud observed that “there is no illustration to support that presentation of Union Budget would influence voters’ mind in state elections. We find no justification to entertain this writ petition, as none of the prayers raised by the petitioner are made out. The writ petition is accordingly dismissed”.

It also demanded the central government to be restrained from declaring “any relief, programme, financial budget until the states’ elections are over”, as they would violate the Model Code of Conduct.On January 4, the Election Commission had come out with the schedule of Assembly elections to be held in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.

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

Read the full text of the order below.