The bench found no merit in the Public Interest Litigation filed by Mr Sharma, who had called for the Budget to be delayed until after a round of five regional elections. While dismissing the plea, the bench said, no case was made out by Mr Sharma. It said that the Union Budget would not violate the Model Code of Conduct in election-bound states. In September last year, the Union government had announced that it would deliver its Budget a month earlier than usual.
The bench, also comprising Justice DY Chandrachud, had asked Mr Sharma, to show them the provision that could bar the Centre from presenting the Budget on February 1. The judges had told Mr Sharma,“We tried to find the provision but could not.” (UNI)