Top Court Notice To Centre, State On Plea Against Sikkim Chief Minister
By Ndtv 13-Jul-2019
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has also sought responses from the parties on a plea seeking stay on Mr Tamang taking any major policy decision or other important governance duties as the state's chief minister.
Mr Tamang, who is popularly known as Golay, was sent to jail in 2017 after he was found guilty of misappropriating government funds worth Rs. 9.5 lakh in a cow distribution scheme. He was the minister of animal husbandry when the scam took place between 1994 and 1999. He was released from jail on August 10, 2018.
The petition, which has been settled by senior advocate GV Rao, said, "Tamang has not only been allowed to contest the elections, but he has also been wrongfully elected as the Chief Minister of Sikkim despite being a disqualified and ineligible for contesting in the elections and is thereby bad in law."
The appointment of Mr Tamang as Sikkim's chief minister was "unconstitutional" and "violates the fundamental core of the Constitution"
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