Supreme Court stays Karnataka High Court order to hold BBMP elections

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde also issued notice to the State Election Commission and the original petitioners before the High Court, M Shivaraju, Abdul Wajid and Ravi Jagan.
Supreme Court stays Karnataka High Court order to hold BBMP elections
Justice AS Bopanna, CJI Bobde and Justice V Ramasubramanian

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed an order of the Karnataka High Court which had directed that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections to 198 wards should be announced within 6 weeks.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde also issued notice to the State Election Commission and the original petitioners before the High Court, M Shivaraju, Abdul Wajid and Ravi Jagan.

The High Court had on December 4 upheld the validity of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Third Amendment Act, 2020 (Amendment Act) which had raised the number of wards in Bengaluru city from 198 to 243.

The amendment was challenged before the High Court which upheld the same but held that it will not apply to elections of those corporations where elections had become due prior to the coming into force of the amended provisions.

In the plea filed through advocate Shubhranshu Padhi, the Karnataka government has said that the High Court has asked government to proceed with elections in 198 wards despite the fact that the Amendment Act increased the wards to 243.

"In other words, the High Court has directed the State to conduct elections in a manner which is contrary to a validly and unanimously enacted piece of legislation," the petition states.

Plea by State of Karnataka was filed by Advocate Shubhranshu Padhi and argued by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta.

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