MP HC admits plea against Sachin’s Bharat Ratna

 MP HC admits plea against Sachin's Bharat Ratna
MP HC admits plea against Sachin’s Bharat Ratna

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has admitted a petition seeking stripping of the Bharat Ratna awarded to cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for allegedly using the “fame” of the honour in “earning money by endorsing commercial products.”

A high court bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi yesterday issued a directive to Assistant Solicitor General to find out if there are any Supreme Court guidelines (do’s and dont’s) for Bharat Ratna awardees and get back to it in a week’s time.

The petitioner V K Naswah, a resident of Bhopal, stated that Sachin is a popular figure as has accomplished many a world record in the game of cricket for the country.

Naswah accused Sachin of exploiting the “fame” of the highest civilian award to promote commercial products and earn money which he said was against the dignity, legacy, and tenets of the highest civilian award.

Naswah said that Sachin should return the award on moral ground and if he fails to do so the central government should strip him of the honour.

Sachin recommends more than 12 brands including Aviva Life Insurance, Boost (malt-based nutrition drink), MRF, Luminous and realtor Amit Enterprises. He retired from all forms of cricket last November.

Delhi High Court dismisses PIL against Sachin’s nomination to RS

A PIL challenging cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha has been dismissed by the Delhi High Court.

According to division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, “The petition is dismissed”

Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra, who appeared on behalf of the Centre, had said that Tendulkar’s nomination to the Upper House is as per constitutional provision which also allows induction of experts from the field of sports.

The senior lawyer had told that 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 had on November 21 reserved its order on the 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 had said in his petition.

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 Sisodia, counsel R K Kapoor had 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