Local Body polls in Uttar Pradesh: Supreme Court refuses to review previous order
The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with its January 4 order over the conduct of Local Bodies elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The Apex Court, however, gave the All India Council of Mayors four weeks time to file an intervention application in the original petition regarding their demand to extend the tenure of the present Mayor till the civic body elections were held and the triple test process was not completed in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The petitioner requested the Apex Court that the tenure of the present Mayor should be extended till the civic body elections ware held and the triple test process was not completed in UP.
The All India Council of Mayors had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict, which had ordered immediate civic body elections without OBC reservation.
On January 4, the Bench of Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice P.S. Narasimha had partially stayed the Allahabad High Court order that directed the Uttar Pradesh government to hold the pending Urban Local Body elections without any reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The top court of the country said that the stay was limited to the High Court stating that polls should be held by January 31
It observed that holding elections without OBC reservation was not right, adding that even a constitutional vacuum in terms of vacant seats cannot be allowed.
The Apex Court said that pending further orders, such direction shall remain stayed. It added that to ensure administration of local bodies was not hampered, the government would remain at liberty to delegate responsibilities and financial powers.
On December 27, the High Court Bench of Justice Saurabh Lavania and Justice D.K. Uphadhyaya had directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to conduct elections on an immediate basis without OBC reservation, since the concerned State notification failed to fulfil the triple test formula laid down by the Supreme Court.