SC grants 4 weeks to Centre over Delimitation Comm report

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (UNI) The Supreme Court today granted four weeks' time to the Centre to respond to a PIL seeking the implementation of the Delimitation Commission report, which has been pending with the Centre since 2002.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal granted the time to the Centre following submission made by Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium that the government needed more time to prepare its response because the petitioner, Delhi Study Group, had impleaded only the Union Home Ministry, while the matter related to the legislative wing of the government.

According to the petitioner, the report of the Commission, headed by Justice Kuldeep Singh, a retired Supreme Court judge, was lying with the government since 2002 and was not being forwarded to the President of India for being notified.

The petitioner organisation had sought directions to the government to immediately notify the Commission's report in view of the forthcoming general elections which are due in 2009.

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