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    SC notice in challenge to appointment of Sikkim CM

    Published on July 12, 2019

    The Supreme Court today issued notice to the State of Sikkim and the Central government in public interest litigation challenging the appointment of Prem Singh Tamang as Chief Minister of Sikkim.

    A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose heard the petition. Next date of hearing is 30th July.

    It is contended in the PIL 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.

    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.

    Prem Singh Tamang was elected as Chief Minister in May this year after his party Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won the state legislative assembly elections.

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