A division bench comprising Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice M.Y. Eqbal directed the Commission to give its verdict within the stipulated time.
“The Supreme court disposed of two petitions challenging the tribal status of the chief minister,” Supreme Court advocate Ranjan Mukherjee told IANS on phone from New Delhi.
Moreover, Mukherjee said, the court did not give any opinion on the two petitions, but left the matter to the Commission to take a decision on the representation of the petitioner’s within eight weeks from Monday.
The two petitions include a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Tennydard. N. Marak, rejected last year by the Meghalaya High Court, and a writ petition filed by the All North East Indigenous Garo Law Promoters Association.
Marak filed the PIL alleging that Sangma had fraudulently obtained the Scheduled Tribe certificate by “misrepresentation and suppressing the material facts”.