New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear Tuesday a petition challenging the candidature of Pratibha Patil as president of the country on the ground that she was in debt to the public exchequer and others.
A vacation bench of Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice P.K. Balasubramanyan decided to hear the petition expeditiously after advocate Manohar Lal Sharma mentioned it before the bench Monday.
The petition seeks cancellation of Patil's nomination paper for the presidential poll for being an "undischarged insolvent" – a person in debt to public exchequer and others.
Patil is the nominee of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), supported by the Left and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).