A Public Interest Litigation was filed before the top court seeking its direction that the inauguration should be done at the hands of the President of India. The plea is filed by Advocate CR Jaya Sukin. The Supreme Court on May 26 rejected this petition. A Bench of Justices J.K Maheshwari and P.S Narasimha said that they are not inclined to hear the petition filed by Advocate C.R.Jaya Sukin, in person. The petition was listed before the Vacation Bench. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was appearing for the Union.
“So, what is your interest in filing this petition?” Justice Narasimha asked Mr. Sukin during the hearing on May 26. “She is my President. I am a citizen,” Mr. Sukin responded.
When Mr. Sukin pleaded with the Court to allow him to withdraw the petition, Mr. Mehta indicated that the lawyer might take it to another Court and re-file it, keeping the matter active. According to Mr. Mehta, the Supreme Court should clearly state in the decision that the petition was dismissed.
“The President is the head of the Parliament. The Prime Minister is only the head of the executive government. It is for the President to inaugurate…” Mr. Sukin said.
The President was reportedly ignored by the government, which the opposition claimed was a "insult" to the first citizen and head of state. According to reports, 19 opposition groups have chosen to boycott the inaugural event.
The lawyer referred to Article 79 of the Constitution which stated that there “shall be a Parliament for the Union, which will consist of the President and two Houses to be called respectively the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha).”
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