No law to bar Centre from advancing budget: SC

New Delhi, Jan 13: The Supreme Court on Friday asserted that there is no provision in the law that could restrict the government from advancing the date for the presentation of the annual budget for the year 2017-18.

The apex court also asked the petitioner to mention if there was any such provision in the law that could support his plea against the government decision.

A bench chaired by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked the PIL petitioner, advocate M.L. Sharma, to show them the provision that could bar the Centre from presenting the budget on February 1.

“We tried to find the provision but we did not get,” the bench told Sharma.

It also asked him to show “which provision of the law is violated, which provision of constitution is violated” by advancing the budget date.

While the court gave Sharma time till January 20, to look for the provision to back his plea for deferring the budget till the last phase of polling to five state assemblies was over.

The government has advanced the presentation of the annual budget to February 1, instead of the usual practice of presenting it on the last day of February.

 Wefornews Bureau

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