Voting rights in mayoral elections: HC orders notices

Voting rights in mayoral elections: HC orders notices

Voting rights in mayoral elections: HC orders notices

The High Court on Wednesday ordered notices to MPs, MLAs and MLCs in a writ appeal filed by former minister Goolihatti Shekhar and others who have challenged the single bench order, allowing voting rights for legislators and parliamentarians in the mayoral elections.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath ordered notices to the state government, the BBMP, Chikkaballapur MP M Veerappa Moily, Bengaluru Rural MP D K Suresh, MLCs G Raghu Achar, V S Ugrappa, Jayamala Ramachandra,
Tara Anuradha and Vinisha Nero.

Validity questioned
The appellants, challenging the single bench order, have questioned the Constitutional validity of Section 7 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, which enables the MPs, MLAs and MLCs to vote in the mayoral elections.

The petitioners have said that Section 7 violates Article 243R (Composition of Municipalities) of the Constitution, by treating MPs, MLAs and MLCs on a par with corporators.
 

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