SC to hear plea seeking to declare that citizens have fundamental right to directly petition Parliament

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When you say something should be a Fundamental Right, it must be carefully thought through, the Supreme Court observed while hearing the petitioner.

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a petition seeking to declare that citizens have a fundamental right to directly petition the Parliament.

While the court refrained from issuing notice in the plea, it added that it wanted to hear what the Centre had to say on the practical aspects and the existing system.

The present plea sought to have a system with a regulatory framework that would empower citizens to petition the Parliament of India to have debates, discussions and deliberations on issues and concerns raised by citizens.

The said framework, if implemented, will ensure that the grievances of citizens can be addressed in a proper manner by Parliament, the plea submitted.

It has been further submitted that the current system does not fully allow citizens to initiate discussions in Parliament by moving appropriate petitions.

A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna was told on Friday that after a citizen casts his vote, he/she doesn’t have any mode to engage with the lawmakers.

To this, the bench said that given the massive difference in the population in India and other countries where such a system works, it may not be practical.

The court further questioned the petitioner that when under the present process, a citizen could directly petition the Lok Sabha, was it the petitioner's case that such a system was ineffective?

Case Title: Karan Garg vs. UoI And Ors.