Notice to state on panchayat poll
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to Haryana on a petition challenging the Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015, prescribing educational qualifications for the candidates.
The petition was filed by Ved Wanti of Muklan village in Hisar district against the state government’s move to insert the clause on educational qualifications by amending the Act in the State Assembly on Monday.
As the case came up for hearing, Haryana Additional Advocate-General Lokesh Sinhal accepted the notice on behalf of the state and other respondents on the asking of the court. The Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Mahavir S. Chauhan also fixed September 14 as the next date of hearing after counsel sought time to file a written statement. Before parting with the order, the Bench asserted: “In the meantime, a written statement be filed well before the date fixed with an advance copy to counsel for the petitioner”.
The High Court had earlier stayed the operation of a clause that made basic education mandatory for contesting the panchayat poll following which the State government claimed that the Haryana government would soon introduce a Bill to amend the Panchayati Raj Act to include a clause for making educational qualification mandatory for candidates contesting the panchayat poll in the state.