HC refuses to stay ordinance, postpone Rajasthan rural polls

The order came on a bunch of petitions challenging the ordinance. The bench will hear the matter again on March 2.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Jaipur | Published: January 16, 2015 2:12 am

Rajasthan High Court Thursday refused to interfere with the election process in rural polls, the first phase of which will be held Friday. The move has disappointed many who have been disqualified from contesting polls after the state government brought an ordinance to fix educational qualifications to contest local body elections.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Sunil Ambawani and Justice Prakash Gupta refused to postpone the elections or put a stay on the ordinance.

The order came on a bunch of petitions challenging the ordinance. The bench will hear the matter again on March 2.

Observing that the ordinance was issued four days before the polls were declared, the court said “the state of Rajasthan has not acted in a bonafide manner in taking a decision for advising the Governor to issue the ordinance.” Rapping the state government, the bench added, that it “acted in a colourable exercise of powers with an oblique purpose to disqualify…a large section of population living in rural areas from the election process”.

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