"The Supreme Court is already hearing this matter. We will hear after the Apex Court hears it," the bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini said.

The order came after the court was informed that a similar plea is to be heard by the Apex Court on September 10.

When the lawyer persisted and sought a hearing, the bench said, "We have already dismissed a similar petition."

Advocate Imran Ali, who has filed the plea in his personal capacity, has also sought quashing of the statement of first Speaker of the Lok Sabha, which had ruled that a party needs 10 percent member strength to be the main Opposition party.

"No illegality can be perpetuated on the ground of precedents when law of the land is clear", the petition said, adding that the Speaker should strengthen the institution in appointing the LoP.

The PIL said that the issue of appointment of LoP is to be read with the provision of the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977.

It is worth mentioning that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had already rejected Congress' demand for LoP status as its nominee.

The Congress with 44 MPs in the Lok Sabha emerged as the second largest party after the BJP with 282 seats, but fell short by 11 to stake claim for the LoP for which minimum strength of 55 is required.

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