Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday sought response from the Chandigarh administration and the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh on a petition alleging fraud within the election for the put up of mayor held a day earlier.

However, no interim order was handed staying the outcomes.

A division bench of Justice Sudhir Singh and Justice Harsh Bunger issued discover on Aam Aadmi Party mayoral candidate Kuldeep Kumar’s petition and requested the respondents to file replies inside three weeks.

The choice was challenged by AAP and Congress Party’s Joint Candidate Kuldeep Kumar who accused the Presiding Officer of resorting to fraud and forgery within the counting course of.

In a significant setback to the INDIA bloc’s Congress-AAP alliance on Tuesday, the municipal company ruling BJP retained the mayoral seat for the ninth time in a row by profitable the put up with simply 4 votes.

The AAP-Congress alliance misplaced the seat regardless of having the utmost councillors. Eight out of 36 votes had been declared invalid by presiding authority Anil Masih, a nominated councilor, with no voting proper. The BJP bought 16 votes, whereas the AAP-Congress alliance had 12 votes regardless of having 20 councillors.

AAP-Congress joint candidate Kumar prayed for recent election in a free and honest method beneath the supervision of a retired High Court decide.

In the petition, he alleged in full departure of the apply and guidelines, the presiding officer refused to permit the nominees of events to watch the counting of votes.

“The presiding officer in most flimsy manner addressed to the House that he does not want any assistance from the members nominated by the parties contesting the election and he will count the vote himself. The voices were raised by the Aam Admi Party and the Congress but their requests were not heeded, but surprisingly the Deputy Commissioner and the prescribed authority, who was also in the same capacity in the last year’s election, remained mum, ” the petition mentioned.

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