The nominated councillors of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have decided to move the Supreme Court for restoring their voting rights. It was decided by the nominated councillors on Sunday a day after the Chandigarh Administration and the Municipal Corporation challenged the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment by which the voting rights of nominated members of the civic body were struck down in August. The Supreme Court has already issued a notice to the Centre and other respondents in the case.
The administration has brought in former attorney general and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi to defend its stand against the High Court decision of August 23.
Nominated councillor Charanjiv Singh said they have prepared the case and hired a counsel. “We have got our petition prepared and we will move the Supreme Court this week,” he said.
The petition in the High Court, filed in October last year, stated that the members’ right to vote is unconstitutional as it tilts the balance against the wishes of the electorate. Following this, the High Court had quashed the voting rights.
There are 26 elected councillors in the corporation and nine nominated councillors. The nominated members, through their voting rights, had been playing a decisive role in electing the mayor and there had been opposition to their voting rights from several quarters, including the BJP.