The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered notice on a writ petition seeking a direction to the Chennai Corporation to reserve wards for Scheduled Castes proportionate to the increase in the number of wards consequent to the expansion of the city.

In his petition, filed through counsel P. Vijendran, Y.A. Nathan of Kolathur, Chennai North District president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, stated that the government, by a G.O. of August 30 this year, had extended the city limits.

The number of wards had gone up to 200 from 155.

Consequently, the population of SCs in the city had increased. But, proportionate allotment of wards to them had not been done. The civic authorities should have given proper representation to SC as per the constitutional mandate.

When the matter came up before the First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam, the Advocate-General took notice. He sought time to file a counter affidavit.

Hearing after two weeks

The Bench posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.