The Karnataka High Court today refused to entertain two intervention applications seeking the postponement of local body elections scheduled to take place on April 27, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order was passed by a Bench of Chief Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj in a suo motu case that was registered after it was noted that municipal corporation elections were not being held as per the constitutional mandate.
The order passed today states,
“…we must note here that intervener wants drastic relief of postponing elections for 10 local authorities. We fail to understand under which provision of law, intervener can seek relief of stay.”
The Bench further held that it for the Election Commission of India to take a call on whether an extraordinary situation existed for the postponement of elections.
It observed during the hearing,
“Elections of Vidhan Sabha were held in the first wave of COVID-19, then why not now?”