File joint petition,won’t stall MCD polls: HC to councillors

Members seek quashing of Delhi EC notification on Scheduled Caste quota.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2012 3:36:57 am

Making it clear that it was not in favour of stalling the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls,the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked all the councillors and petitioners to jointly compile a brief submission in support of their pleas to quash a notification by the State Election Commission,reserving seats for Scheduled Caste candidates.

“We are not going to stall the election and we cannot hear lengthy arguments by all of you as we have to pen down the judgement also,” a bench of Justices S K Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher said.

The court,which was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by various councillors from the BJP and Congress,asked the lawyers to file a common and brief synopsis in support of their pleas. “You sit down together and file a common and brief synopsis in support of your case. We will give an hour tomorrow to sum up the arguments,” said the court,posting the hearing to Thursday.

The court said this after a battery of senior lawyers,including M N Krishnamani and Rakesh Tikku,appearing for the councillors,started arguing simultaneously.

Earlier,the court had issued a notice on the plea of a Congress councillor,seeking a response from the State Election Commission.

Later,others also approached the court,seeking quashing of the notification for the upcoming civic polls.

Reserving seats for SC candidates by considering their population in Assembly segments has led to a situation where unreserved wards have more Scheduled Caste voters than reserved ones,the plea contended,adding that the criterion should have been the percentage of their population in civic wards.

The MCD was recently trifurcated into three zones,and polls for the civic agencies are slated for April.

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