The Election Commission on Monday sought the Supreme Court's permission to hold elections to the Lok Sabha seats, which fell vacant following expulsion of ten MPs in the wake of Cash-for-query scam.
The EC counsel Meenakshi Arora submitted that according to the law, it was mandatory to hold elections to these seats within six months from the date of vacancy, which has already expired.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal asked the expelled MPs to respond to the EC plea and fixed the matter to be taken up in the first week of August.
The Bench made it clear that after deciding this particular issue, the MPs' petitions challenging their expulsion would be placed before a Constitution Bench.
The court had earlier restrained the Commission from holding elections to the Lok Sabha seats, which fell vacant following the expulsion of these MPs. There was no such restraint for holding election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat, which fell vacant on account of expulsion of an Upper House member allegedly involved in the scam.