PIL for EC order for covering statues dismissed

The poll panel had said it wanted to ensure that no political party was allowed to "derive political mileage".

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2012, 14:48 PM IST

Allahabad: A Public Interest Litigation
filed in the Allahabad High Court challenging the Election Commission`s order for covering statues of elephants in
poll-bound Uttar Pradesh was today dismissed as withdrawn.

The PIL, filed on Monday by a local social activist
Dheeraj Singh, was taken up for hearing before a Division
Bench comprising Chief Justice S R Alam and Justice Ran Vijai
Singh which pointed out at the outset that the petition had
"technical shortcomings".

The court expressed displeasure over the fact that
neither the petitioner`s identity was disclosed in the PIL nor
had a copy of the impugned order of the Election Commission
(EC) been attached.

The petitioner`s counsel, Anil Singh Bisen, thereafter
requested for permission to file amendments to correct the
shortcomings.

However, the court was of the view that the petition
should be "dismissed as withdrawn with liberty to the
petitioner to file a fresh PIL in accordance with norms".
Bisen claimed that a fresh petition will be filed "soon".

Interestingly, the Bahujan Samaj Party, which is in power
in the state, had reportedly chosen to oppose the PIL and
question the locus standi of the petitioner.

While party sources have remained tight-lipped over the
issue, court sources said that a "vakalatnama" had been moved
by a senior advocate who had been authorised by the BSP to
appear on its behalf.

The party had also reportedly decided to submit before
the court that the BSP was the aggrieved party as elephant
happened to be its election symbol but it had not so far
chosen to challenge the EC`s order.

The EC had passed the order last week, wherein directions
were also issued for covering statues of party supremo and
Chief Minister Mayawati.

The poll panel had said it wanted to ensure that no
political party was allowed to "derive political mileage".

PTI