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Delimitation of Punjab panchayats: HC reserves order on PPCC's PIL

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday reserved its judgment on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) challenging the process of delimitation of wards (wardbandi) for the forthcoming panchayat elections.

india Updated: May 31, 2013 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday reserved its judgment on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) challenging the process of delimitation of wards (wardbandi) for the forthcoming panchayat elections.


However, the division bench headed by acting chief justice Jasbir Singh refrained the Punjab government from issuing a notification for the panchayat polls' schedule till the outcome of the case.

The PIL, filed through PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, had sought directions to the state government to undertake the complete process of wardbandi afresh in all village panchayats strictly in accordance with the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act, 1994 (amended in 2012). The PPCC had also accused Surjit Singh Rakhra, rural development and panchayats minister, for interfering in the process of wardbandi through halqa incharges and MLAs for political gains.

It had been alleged that the wardbandi lists did not reveal anything regarding the composition of wards i.e. house numbers, site plans, adjoining groups of houses, contiguity pattern etc. which could enable a voter/citizen to file objections or suggestions to it.

The petitioner had made a prayer to quash all proceedings regarding preparation/revision of voter lists on the basis of illegally held wardbandi and seeking a stay on the holding of panchayat elections on the basis of illegal wardbandi.