The Delhi High Court on Friday sought the response of the Central government and the Delhi government on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the delimitation process followed for the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections [Anil Kumar v Union of India]..A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad issued notice on the PIL filed by the President of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, Anil Kumar claiming the formula adopted by the Central government for delimitation was arbitrary as there was a huge disparity in the population of wards. "The Respondents in the final draft order have not followed the very purpose of the delimitation exercise to alter the boundaries of respective wards as per the latest Census figures so as to reflect as equal and proportionate representation," the plea said. .In the petition filed through advocates Vikas Yadav, Sajid Chaudhary and Gaurav Dua, it was highlighted that the very purpose of conducting delimitation was to ascertain an equal number of division of electorates in various wards and the same was to be based on population figures obtained from the most recent Census."This very purpose behind delimitation has become redundant, as in the final draft order the notified 250 wards are not having equal number of electorates," the petition stated..It also argued that the division of wards was done based on community and religious lines, thereby, violating of the basic tenets of the Constitution."The splitting of Dalit and Minority population from one ward to many adjoining wards has been done under conspiracy to bulldoze their voice," the plea alleged..The petition further contended that the delimitation process has pushed disadvantaged wards falling in the lower income group further into the dark by increasing their population sizes, whereas elite wards have been handpicked for smaller population sizes..Relying on these grounds, the petitioner sought a fresh delimitation of the wards as per the formula prescribed and quash the notification of the earlier wards as unconstitutional.