Supreme Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the petition challenging the HC verdict which stated that there was no need to change the order of reservation for president’s post in Local Self Government institutions in Kerala.
A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Hemant Gupta refused to intervene in the matter as the elections have been concluded.
Advocate M. R. Abhilash, who appeared for the petitioner, argued that the Constitution stipulated that the president's post in Local Self Government institutions should not be reserved on a permanent basis. He also argued that the state election commission was repeatedly violating this rule.
The advocate representing the government said that the EC was deciding on the reservation based on a lucky draw. The Supreme Court said that the court could not intervene once the election process had started.
A single bench had ordered to change the president’s post in Local Self Government institutions, which were continuously under reservation, to the general category. However, a division bench stated that the order of reservation set by the EC need not be changed.
Questioning this order, Sivadasan, a voter from Kadampanad village panchayat in Pathanamthitta approached the apex court.