Cuttack, Aug 6
The Odisha High Court today lifted all the interim orders passed in connection with notification of the State government on fixing reservation for top posts of urban local bodies (ULBs).
The High Court declined to interfere with the poll process which is scheduled to be completed on or before September 29 and allowed the State Election Commission (SEC) to proceed with the process. The High Court gave the oders while adjudicating on the (SEC)’s appeal to vacate the stay.
The High Court on July 16 had slapped a stay on the February 21, 2013 notification after hearing a petition filed by one Pramod Kumar Pradhan of Titilagarh.
Objecting to the notification, the petitioner had stated that reservation of the posts for different categories have been made in accordance to the census 2001 while the census 2011 report has been made public. The HC admitting the petition, had issued notices to the State Government and the SEC to file counters within two weeks.
The Commission however pleaded that by the time the notification was made, the report of the census 2011 was not made public.
The Director of Municipalities in its notification had mentioned that of the 97 ULBs, chairman posts only 28 are unreserved while the remaining posts are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and women.
The ULBs where top posts are unreserved are -Athgarh, Angul, Balugaon, Basudevpur, Baripada, Bhadrak, Barbil, Bhawanipatna, Belguntha, Choudwar, G Udayagiri, Jharsuguda, Jatni, Jagatsinghpur, Konark, Kendrapara, Khurdha, Karnjia, Koraput, Kamakhyanagar, Keonjhargarh, Nilagiri, Polsara, Puri, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Vyasanagar, Sonepur and Udala.