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India’s top court dismisses plea to delay annual budget

Finance minister Arun Jaitley

By: Eastern Eye Staff

India’s Supreme Court on Monday (23) rejected a petition to delay the annual federal budget, which finance minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to deliver on February 1, dismissing concerns about potential giveaways ahead of critical state polls. A panel headed by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar found no merit in a public interest litigation by lawyer M.L. Sharma, who had called for the budget to be delayed until after a round of five regional elections. The case was motivated by fears that prime minister Narendra Modi’s government could offer budget giveaways to attract votes in state assembly elections to be held…

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