Judgment on poll reserved

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: : The Delhi High Court has reserved judgment on an election petition challenging the election of the Delhi Transport Minister, Haroon Yusuf, to the Delhi Assembly.

Mr. Justice Vikramjit Sen reserved the judgment at the end of arguments by P.N. Lekhi, counsel for the petitioner, Mohammed Akram Ansari.

The petition was filed in January 2004, and as many as three judges had refused to hear it on one ground or the other. Finally Mr. Justice Sen agreed to hear Mr. Lekhi at length.

Earlier on March 24, Mr. Justice Sen had asked the petitioner to file a written submission as to whether the petition, which had been earlier assigned to a particular Bench to hear, could subsequently be assigned to some other Bench. "Prima facie, my view is that this petition ought to have been heard by Mr. Justice R.C. Jain,'' Mr. Justice Sen said.

Submitting that a decision on the present petition had been hanging fire for long and had even crossed the time schedule for deciding an election petition as suggested in the Representation of the People Act, 1951, Mr. Lekhi stated that the fact of the case was that Mr. Justice R.C. Chopra, Mr. Justice Sen and Mr. Justice S.K. Aggarwal had been earlier assigned the matter.

He further submitted that three different judges were nominated to hear the matter, and this court (of Mr. Justice Sen) on three occasions refused to hear it.

Mr. Lekhi corrected Mr. Justice Sen saying that Mr. Justice R.C. Jain was never nominated to adjudicate the matter as said by the Judge in the order.

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