An advocate on Friday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Narendra Modi government’s decision to introduce an “interim budget” in Parliament, saying the Constitution had no provision for one and allowed only a vote-on-account in election years.
Manohar Lal Sharma also urged the court to form a special investigation team (SIT) headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to probe an “alleged conspiracy” by the Prime Minister and the Union cabinet for “wrong advice to the President of India to sign the interim budget”.
The petition… has made the Prime Minister respondent No. 2…. The “interim budget of 2019-20 is an outcome of criminal political conspiracy hatched by the respondent No. 2 and his cabinet ministers for their political vested/benefits/interests… inducing wrong advice to the President of India to sign the interim budget without disclosing (the) true fact that there is no provision of an interim budget for two/four months during the election year under the Constitution”, he said in his petition.…
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