AP HC refuses to stay Panchayati Raj election

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Tuesday refused to interfere with the proposed election process for the Panchayati Raj institutions.

The Andhra Pradesh Sarpanch Sangam had approached the High Court complaining that the reservation proposed by the state government for SC/ST and BC categories exceeded 50 per cent which is contrary to the Supreme Court judgement.

The petitioners contended that the State Election Commission was proceeding on issuing election notification on the advise of the state government.

However, Justice G Rohini, while dismissing the application, observed that the election process cannot be interfered or stayed as the material supplied by the petitioners is not sufficient to hold whether the reservation exceeded 50 per cent or not.

It requires full data and close scrutiny of the case put up by the petitioners at the final hearing, the judge observed.

As a consequence of the decision, the decks for the election commission to go ahead with the process stand cleared.