Bengaluru: The High Court of Karnataka has instructed petitioners challenging the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) ward delimitation to seek clarification from the Supreme Court regarding postponing the elections.
The delimitation process undertaken by the city’s civic agency in its 243 wards is being challenged in seven different Public Interest Litigations (PILs). On behalf of the petitioners, a number of experienced lawyers argued against what they described as a “unscientific delimitation exercise.”
On Wednesday August 17, a single-judge bench of Justice Hemant Chandangoudar continued hearing the petitions and noted that there are two different Supreme Court decisions that have contrasting views on the issue.
One of them claimed that elections cannot be delayed, in order to change the constituencies, but the other disagrees. In order to obtain clarification from the Supreme Court itself, the HC instructed the petitioners.
The Supreme Court is already considering the case involving the BBMP election, and the State Election Commission only began the poll process after the High Court gave them a deadline. The reservation lists for the various wards have also been made public by the State Government.