The Karnataka High Court on Friday made it clear that the Vision Group, formed by the State government to come up with an integrated plan for development of Bangalore, cannot function as long as the model code of conduct for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections is in force.

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy passed the interim order while asking the State government to file its objections to the challenge made to the creation of the Vision Group in a petition pending before the High Court.

The court said it has to examine the legality of creation of Vision Group when the Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Committee was constituted in January this year, while pointing out that BMPC was set up 20 years after the Constitution of India mandated setting up of the committee for preparing development plan for the metropolitan area. The next hearing is on April 22.