January, New Delhi
The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL seeking postponement of Union Budget on the ground of upcoming Assembly polls in five states, saying there was no illustration that it would influence voters.
Earlier this month, a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud had asked lawyers to present material and legal provisions in support of the PIL and tell the court what provisions have been violated. The bench asked the petitioner to take time for preparation and come out with material in support of the PIL.
The petition sought to direct the Centre to present the Union Budget on 1st April instead of the proposed February 1.
It also said that the central government be restrained from declaring any relief, programme, financial budget until the states’ elections are over, as that would violate the Model Code of Conduct.