SC refuses to vacate its order on Bangalore civic body poll
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 00:34
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to vacate its order which allowed the holding of the elections to the Bangalore civic body on the basis of reservation of 23 out of the total of 198 wards seats for Scheduled Castes and two seats for Scheduled Tribes.

"We are not inclined to vacate the stay of the Karnataka High Court order," a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Deepak Verma said.

The apex court had on December 16, 2009, stayed the order of the Division Bench of High Court which on December 8, 2009, quashed the ward reservation chart and directed the state government to redo the reservation matrix on the basis of the 2001 census.

The Bench said it will hear all the parties on January 29 before giving a final decision.

Two petitions have been filed seeking stay of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike elections scheduled for February 21 on the basis of existing policy for reservation of seats for scheduled castes.

The single judge bench of the High Court had dismissed the petition challenging the election on the basis of the present arrangement.

Senior counsel Shanti Bhushan and A. Mariarputham, appearing for the applicants, sought vacation of the January 6 order questioning the basis of the reservation of wards for SC/ST.

Counsel for the State Election Commission pointed out that the model code of conduct has already come into effect and no petition could be entertained.


First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 00:34

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