Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court Wednesday
asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply within
two weeks on a PIL challenging the proposed move to hold
"party-less" local body elections in the state.
Passing the order, a Division Bench comprising Chief
Justice F I Rebello and Justice A P Shahi also asked the
petitioners, People`s Union for Civil Liberties and
Mathura-based Congress leader Abdul Jabbar, to file their
rejoinders within a week of the filing of the counter-
affidavit by the state government.
The court has fixed August 3 as the next date of
hearing in the matter.
The petitioners have challenged a clause in the UP
Municipalities (election of Corporators, Chairmen and Mayors),
Rule, 2010, whereby it has been laid down that election
symbols of political parties would not be used in the civic
The petitioners have alleged that the aforesaid
provision, which has also been published in the official
gazette dated June 18, 2010, was ultra vires of the
The petitioners were represented by Ravi Kiran Jain
and Shamim Ahmed while Advocate General Jyotindra Mishra
appeared on behalf of the respondents.