The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on a PIL challenging Sachin Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw reserved the order after hearing arguments from both the sides.
Appearing for Centre, Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra said Tendulkar’s nomination in the Upper House is as per the constitutional provision which also allows induction of experts from the field of sports.
The senior lawyer said the provision under Article 80 of the Constitution is not confined to inducting experts only from the fields of science, arts, literature and social services but also from sports, education and other areas.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia, a former Delhi MLA, challenging Tendulkar’s nomination alleging that he does not possess any of the qualifications prescribed under Article 80 of the Constitution for being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.
“A bare reading of the article makes it clear that the person to be nominated should have special knowledge or practical experience in matters like literature, science, arts and social service, but the expertise so required for nomination is not confined to the specific illustrations given in the article,” he said.
In an affidavit to the High Court, the Centre had earlier said, “The special knowledge and practical experience required for the purpose is not confined to the said four categories only but would also include categories like sports, education, law, history, academics attainments, Indology, economics, journalism or other similar fields of human endeavour.”
Appearing for Mr. Sisodia, counsel R. K. Kapoor told the bench that the Constitution allowed the government to nominate to the Rajya Sabha persons only from four fields - arts, science, literature and social science, and argued that the nomination of a sports person to the Rajya Sabha was unconstitutional.