SC refuses to entertain plea seeking inauguration of new Parliament by President Murmu
New Delhi, May 27: The Supreme Court refused to hear a petition seeking a direction that President Droupadi Murmu inaugurate the new Parliament building on May 28.
Advocate Jaya Sukin sought to withdraw his PIL as the vacation bench of Justices JK Maheshwari and PS Narasimha was not inclined to entertain the plea.
The bench granted the advocate's request to withdraw his petition. At the start of the session, Justice Narasimha told petitioner counsel Jaya Sukin, "We do not understand why you come with such petitions but we are not interested in entertaining it under Article 32."
According to the PIL, the Lok Sabha Secretariat breached the Constitution by failing to invite the President to the inauguration.
"The statement issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on May 18 and invites issued by the Secretary-General, Lok Sabha, about the inauguration of the new Parliament building, is in violation of the Indian Constitution," the PIL filed by Sukin stated.
"That Prime Minister is appointed by the President and other ministers are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. The President of India is authorized to appoint constitutional functionaries such as Governors, Judges of both the Supreme Court and high court, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, chairman and manager of the Union Public Service Commissioner, Chief Election Commissioner, Financial Commissioner, and other Election commissioners," it added.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Law and Justice have all been named as parties in the case.
According to the plea, the respondent's (Secretary and Union) decision was "illegal, arbitrary, high-handed, whimsical and unfair, an abuse of authority and against the principles of natural justice".
"Respondents has violated Indian Constitution and Constitution is not being respected. Parliament is the supreme legislative body of India. The Indian Parliament comprises the President and the two Houses - Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and Lok Sabha (House of the People). The President has the power to summon and prorogue either House of Parliament or to dissolve Lok Sabha," it further said.
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