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July 17, 2017

NRI Voting: Govt. To Inform SC Whether It Wants To Amend Act Or Rules

Supreme Court of India

On July 14, a bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud of the Supreme Court was hearing the case pertaining to voting rights of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

In this regard, the bench allowed the central government one more week to inform it whether it wants to amend Sections 20 and 20A of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1950, or only the Rules framed thereunder.

Senior Advocate Mukul Rohtagi appeared for the petitioners submitted that the Act need not be amended and only the Rules require amendment.

However, Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora appeared for the Election Commission of India disagreed. Meenakshi stated that the relevant provisions in the Act have to be amended.

Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni appeared for the central government sought two weeks time to decide on the course of action to be taken.

However, the bench disagreed the government’s request. “Tell us on the coming Friday. We know you need only 10 minutes to decide this,” CJI Khehar remarked.

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