Constitution contempt case in Supreme Court

The controversy over the inauguration of the new parliament building in India has now reached the Supreme Court. Advocate CR Jaya Sukin filed a public interest litigation. The lawsuit claims that the President should inaugurate the new parliament building. The court has been requested to direct the Lok Sabha Secretariat and the Central Government in this regard.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the new Parliament building on May 28. President Draupadi Murmu was not invited there. That is why 19 parties including Congress, Trinamool, Aam Aadmi Party (UP) boycotted the inauguration ceremony. They also issued a joint statement.

Sukin filed a public interest case in the Supreme Court. In the petition, he said the central government had ‘insulted the Constitution’ by not inviting the President to the inauguration ceremony. It has been written in the petition to the court that the Parliament is the supreme constitutional institution of India. Parliament is made up of the President and the bicameral Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

The President has the power to call or dissolve the session of any House of Parliament. He also has the power to dissolve the Lok Sabha. Then why was he left out of the foundation stone laying and inauguration ceremony of the Parliament building? In this way people were actually deprived.

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