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 today.
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 appointed Chief Minister in May this year after his party– Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) acquired the majority in the state legislative assembly elections this year.
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.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-12 5:21 PM