New Delhi: In a significant development in the Mayor polls of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Supreme Court Monday orally observed that the nominated members cannot vote in the elections.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud orally observed that the constitutional provision is very clear that the nominated members cannot go for election.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted in the court that in Article 243R nominated members cannot vote.
Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain agreed to postpone the mayor election and submitted that no poll will take place on February 16.
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Thereafter the Supreme Court adjourned to Friday, the hearing on AAP and Shelly Oberoi’s plea challenging the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor’s decision to permit the nominated members to vote in the elections for mayor and deputy mayor in MCD.
The court was hearing a joint petition filed by Shelly Oberoi and Aam Aadmi Party.
In the plea, the petitioner has demanded time-bound elections to the post of MCD mayor, deputy mayor and member of the standing committee.
Recently the high-octane political drama unfolded inside the Delhi Civic Centre as the House met for a third time this month to elect the mayor, only to be deferred till the next date due to a ruckus over the nominated members being permitted to vote.