The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on the PIL filed by Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia, a former Delhi MLA, challenging the nomination of Sachin Tendulkar to Rajya Sabha.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw reserved its order, after hearing the submissions from counsel R K Kapoor, appearing for Sisodia, and Additonal Solicitor General (ASG) Rajeev Mehra for the Centre.
The ASG contended that Sachin’s nomination to the Upper House is as per the constitutional provisions which allows induction of experts from the field of sports.
He stated 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.
Mehra also pointed out that a bare reading of Article 80 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 it (the Article).