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Supreme Court refuses 'urgent' plea on deferring budget

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused an urgent hearing on a plea seeking that the Union Budget for 2017-18 be deferred till April.

The public suit by advocate ML Sharma came in the wake of the staggered election dates being announced for five state assemblies between 4 February 4 and 8 March.

Thus, presenting the budget now would violate the Model Code of Conduct which has come into force with the announcement of the election schedule, the petitioner contended.

A bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that they would decide the issue when it comes in its normal course.

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Updated Date: Jan 14, 2017 21:05 PM

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