Chandigarh mayoral polls | HC issues notice to Chandigarh administration, Municipal Corporation; denies interim relief

Respondents get three weeks to file their replies

Updated - January 31, 2024 07:56 pm IST

Published - January 31, 2024 01:46 pm IST - Chandigarh

BJP’s Manoj Sonkar being greeted by party councillors after he won the post of Mayor in the Chandigarh municipal corporation polls on January 30, 2024.

BJP’s Manoj Sonkar being greeted by party councillors after he won the post of Mayor in the Chandigarh municipal corporation polls on January 30, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday denied any interim relief on a plea by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader seeking fresh mayoral elections for Chandigarh Municipal Corporation but issued notices to the Chandigarh administration and the Municipal Corporation.

The Court asked the respondents to file their replies in the matter in three weeks.

On Tuesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Manoj Sonkar, won the post of mayor by securing 16 votes in the 35-member municipal corporation House while Congress-AAP candidate Kuldeep Kumar got 12 votes. After losing the poll, Mr. Kumar, the INDIA bloc candidate, approached the High Court, seeking to set aside the process of the election of the Mayor, alleging complete fraud and forgery in the process of elections. In his petition, he also sought fresh elections and presented a submission to hold back the elected mayor from discharging the duties of the post.

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Advocate Gurminder Singh, the counsel for the petitioner told reporters that the Court has issued notices to the Chandigarh administration, the MC and given them three weeks to file their replies. Senior standing counsel Anil Mehta said the Court did not give any interim relief to the petitioner.

Congress and AAP members had created a ruckus in the House, alleging poll rigging by the presiding officer Anil Masih at the behest of the BJP. The BJP and the presiding officer, however, rejected the charge.

Leaders of the AAP and Congress staged separate protests outside the police station in Sector 17, demanding that the Chandigarh Police register a case against Anil Masih, the presiding officer appointed for the mayor elections.

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