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'Cause Fulfilled': Karnataka High Court Closes Suo Moto Case For Ensuring Elections To Municipal Bodies

Mustafa Plumber
21 Jan 2022 11:45 AM GMT
Cause Fulfilled: Karnataka High Court Closes Suo Moto Case For Ensuring Elections To Municipal Bodies
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The Karnataka High Court on Friday closed its suo moto case, registered for ensuring that elections are conducted to the Corporations/Municipalities in the State in order to comply with the mandate of Article 243-U(3) of the Constitution.The development ensued after the State Election Commission informed the Court that all the elections to the Local Bodies and the Municipalities in the...

The Karnataka High Court on Friday closed its suo moto case, registered for ensuring that elections are conducted to the Corporations/Municipalities in the State in order to comply with the mandate of Article 243-U(3) of the Constitution.

The development ensued after the State Election Commission informed the Court that all the elections to the Local Bodies and the Municipalities in the State have been completed by 30.12.2021, except the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and Vijayapura Municipal Corporation regarding whom the matter is pending before the Apex Court.

Accordingly, the Bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Suraj Govindaraj said,

"we are of the considered view that the cause for which the writ petition was initiated has been fulfilled. The writ petition is accordingly disposed of."

Senior Advocate KN Phanindra appearing for the Commission said that in compliance of Court's directions, all the elections to the Local Bodies and the Municipalities in the State have been completed as stated above.

Following which the court disposed off the petition initiated in December 2020.

The court had vide order dated 17.11.2021 issued directions to the State Government and the Karnataka State Election Commission to notify the Local Body elections and publish the schedule for holding the elections and thereafter complete the election process to the Local Bodies by 30.12.2021. The court had then observed, "It is the duty of the court to ensure that the Constitutional mandate is followed by the State Election Commission and the State Government."

Case Title: High Court Of Karnataka v. The State Of Karnataka

Case No: WP 14925 of 2020

Date of Order: January 14, 2022

Citation: 2022 LiveLaw (Kar) 23

Appearance: Advocate Vani H for R1 to R3; Senior Advocate K N Phanindra a/w Advocate Vaishali Hegde for R4.

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