Hyderabad: A two judge Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan and Justice S V Bhatt Wednesday dismissed the matter pertaining to premature dissolution of the Telangana Assembly.
The Bench was dealing with a PIL filed by P Shashank Reddy and R Abhilash Reddy from Siddipet, seeking to declare as unconstitutional the action of the Telangana government in dissolving the Legislative Assembly prematurely, some nine months ahead of completion of its term.
Counsel for the petitioner Niroop Reddy pointed out that 21 lakh first time voters were deprived of their voting right due to the premature dissolution of the Assembly. Avinash Desai, Standing Counsel for the Election Commission of India pointed out that it was not mandatory for the EC to revise the electoral rolls on a regular interval and that fixing the dates of election is under the ‘exclusive domain’ of the ECI. He also pointed out that the Apex Court in its judgements have time and again held that it is necessary to hold elections as early as possible after premature dissolution of the assembly.
Voter list issue
In another case, the same Bench adjourned a matter pertaining to discrepancies in the voter list of Telangana State to October 31. The Bench was dealing with a PIL filed by Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy alleging large scale discrepancies in the State electoral rolls amounting to 70 lakhs voters. Earlier, the court had lifted a stay granted on the publication of voters list and directed the Election Commission to place on record an affidavit detailing the modality of date scheduled for rectification and updating of voters’ list. The bench on Friday after perusing the affidavit placed on record by the ECI granted time to the petitioner to ensure that the discrepancies were being removed from the electoral rolls.