According to latest news, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed PIL challenging Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s Rajya Sabha nomination.
A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed the PIL which was filed by Ram Gopal Singh Sisodia, a former Delhi legislator, claiming that cricketer Sachin Tendulkar did not possess “special knowledge and practical experience,” a criterion prescribed under Article 80 of the Constitution for such nomination.
However, the federal government of the country has said in the High Court that the nomination of Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha was according to a constitutional provision.
Meanwhile, the affidavit filed by the government said, “The ‘special knowledge and practical experience’ required for the purpose is not confined to the said four categories (literature, science, arts and social service) only, but would also include categories like sports, education, law, history, academics attainments, economics, journalism, parliamentary practice and procedure, public administration, agriculture, sports (wrestling) or other similar fields of human endeavour.”
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was nominated by the central government to the Rajya Sabha on April 26 alongside veteran actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga.