Supreme Court starts hearing Sangma's plea

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 11:53 hrs
Supreme Court starts hearing Sangma's plea

The Supreme Court on Thursday commenced hearing former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma's petition that challenged President Pranab Mukhrjee's election to the titular post.

A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir will take up the matter for hearing again on Nov 20.

The bench on Nov 20 will decide whether the case needed a regular hearing or it could be dismissed at the preliminary level.

Sangma was represented by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani.

Advocate Harish Salve appeared for Mukherjee.

Salve said: "As per the Supreme Court rules, first a preliminary hearing in this case is needed to determine whether a regular hearing a needed or it can be dismissed at that stage itself."

"This petition deserved to be dismissed at the preliminary stage," Salve said.

Sangma had urged the Supreme Court in his petition to set aside Mukherjee´s election on the ground that he was holding an office of profit on the day he filed his nomination.

Sangma said in his petition that the former Union Finance Minister was not qualified for the Presidential post as he was holding the office of chairman of Kolkata-based Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) when he filed the nomination for the election.

Mukherjee reportedly field an affidavit in the apex court and refuted Sangma´s claims.

Pertinently, Sangma contested the Presidential election against Mukherjee earlier this year where the former Union Finance Minister defeated the tribal leader.

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