Supreme Court issues notice in a challenge to the appointment of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang
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Supreme Court issues notice in a challenge to the appointment of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang

By Brand Bench calender  12-Jul-2019

Supreme Court issues notice in a challenge to the appointment of Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang

The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the State of Sikkim and the Central government in a public interest litigation petition challenging the appointment of Prem Singh Tamang as Chief Minister of Sikkim.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose heard the petition.
The petitioner has contended that Prem Singh Tamang has been convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, making him ineligible to be appointed to the post of Chief Minister.
Prem Singh Tamang was crowned Chief Minister in May this year after his party Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won the state legislative assembly elections.
Tamang was sent to jail in 2017 after he was found guilty of misappropriating government funds worth Rs 9.5 lakh in a milch cow distribution scheme. He was the minister of animal husbandry when the scam took place bet­ween 1994 and 1999.
Under the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a person convicted under the Pre­vention of Corruption Act, 1988, for more than six months cannot contest elections for six years.

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