The Karnataka High Court issued a notice to the State government regarding a ward reservation list announced recently.

Objecting to the list announced by the State government for the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC), the former councillors Iresh Anchatgeri and Manjunath Cholappanavar had filed a writ petition in the High Court. A bench of Justice B.V. Nagaratna admitted the writ petition and issued a notice to the State government, seeking reasons behind the delay in responding to the objections raised by the petitioners. The petitioners said that the government had not followed the High Court guidelines issued in 2007.

Mr. Anchatgeri stated that the High Court had directed the government to fix the reservation on a rotation basis. However, the government had amended the guidelines and gone forward along with its own reservation policy.

He contended that the High Court had directed only 50 per cent reservation for backward classes in the reservation list, however, the State government has hiked this reservation to 70 per cent in the HDMC. Of the 67 wards, only 19 wards are reserved for the general category, he added.