The Supreme Court agreed to take up the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) today after it was filed there, asking the court to order the government to allow President Droupadi Murmu to officially open the new Parliament building.
The petition will be heard by a bench consisting of Justices JK Maheshwari and PS Narasimha.
The Central government 'violated the Constitution of India' by not inviting President Murmu to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new parliament building, according to the petition submitted by Supreme Court attorney CR Jaya Sukin.
What is said in the petition?
“Parliament is the supreme legislative body of India,” the petition declares. The President and the two Houses, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, make up Parliament.
Additionally, it asserts that the President has the authority to call a prorogation of either House.
The petition argued, “The President has the authority to dissolve the Lok Sabha or the Parliament.”
According to the petition, it was “inappropriate” for the central government to not have invited the President to the inauguration event.
“The President is a crucial member of the legislature. Why wasn't the President allowed to attend the ceremony to lay the cornerstone? The President is no longer permitted to attend the inaugural celebration. The plea said that the government's choice was inappropriate.
ongoing unrest around the opening of parliament
Twenty opposition parties, including the Congress, TMC, AAP, AIMIM, and JD(U), have agreed to skip Prime Minister Narendra Modi's May 28 opening of the new Parliament building due to the continuing dispute.
Following Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla's request, PM Modi will officially open the new Parliament building on May 28. In the four-story structure will be more than 1,200 MPs.