SC admits plea questioning person of foreign origin holding public office

RMM had taken exception to Sonia being invited to form govt at Centre by then president in 1999.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 3, 2012 5:39 pm

The Congress had downplayed the issue of the Supreme Court admitting a petition questioning whether a person of foreign origin can hold public office saying there is no need to make any comment on it as long as there is no decision.

“As long as the court does not give any decision,there is no need for us to comment. Writ petitions are generally accepted. It has no meaning unless there is a decision,party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.

He was reacting to questions on an appeal filed in the apex court by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha (RMM),a socio-political organisation challenging a Delhi High Court’s verdict which had dismissed the petition filed against Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the ground that she is not entitled to hold any constitutional post because of her Italian origin.

The RMM had taken exception to Sonia Gandhi being invited to form government at the Centre by the then president in 1999 after NDA lost a no-confidence motion in Parliament.

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