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SC issues notices to Centre, J&K govt on delimitation issue

Last Updated: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 13:27

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued
notices to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government on a
petition seeking de-limitation of Lok Sabha and Assembly
constituencies in the state.

The petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir National
Panthers Party has sought a direction from the Centre and the
state government to constitute a commission for the purpose of
delimiting the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies to
re-adjust the extent, boundaries and rotation of
constituencies in the state.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and
justice P Sathasivam also sought reply from the Election
Commission on the PIL filed by the party.

Advocate Bhim Singh, who is the chairman of the party,
submitted that the state government has taken the stand that
no de-limitation shall be conducted till 2031.

"This would mean that the reserve constituencies for
scheduled castes shall remain reserved and there shall be no
reservation for the SCs and scheduled tribes community who
were notified in 1993-94 particularly the Gujjars, the
Bakerwals, the Gaddis and the Sippies," Singh said.
He submitted that when the de-limitation process was
underway before the last General Elections, Jammu and Kashmir
was excluded from the process.

Singh said he had earlier filed the petition in 2007
in the apex court seeking delimitation of the constituencies
but was asked to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 14, 2009 - 13:27

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