Sachin's RS nomination: PIL dismissed

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 11:52 hrs

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a former Delhi MLA challenging the nomination of Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha.

Former Delhi MLA Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia had filed a PIL challenging Tendulkar´s nomination as he alleged that the cricketer does not posses the qualifications prescribed under Article 80 of the Indian Constitution for being nominated to the Upper House of the Parliament.

A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: "The petition is dismissed."

The court had reserved its order on the PIL on Nov 21.

The Centre earlier told the court that Tendulkar´s nomination was according to constitutional provision that allowed induction of experts from the world of sports.

The Centre in its affidavit to the High Court earlier said: "The special knowledge and practical experience required for the purpose is not confined to the said four categories only but would also include categories like sports, education, law, history, academics attainments, economics, journalism, parliamentary practice and procedure, public administration, agriculture, sports (wrestling) or other similar fields of human endeavour."

Former Indian President Pratibha Patil had approved the names of Rekha and Tendulkar for nominated seats in the Rajya Sabha earlier this year.

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