Bengaluru: The High Court has ordered the state government and the Election Commission to conduct elections to the BBMP by August 5, recently. The court also slammed the government for filing an interlocutory application (IA) in a bid to delay the elections.
Justice B V Nagarathna said, “All IAs, except one filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation, are dismissed with costs, as these applications are not only an abuse of the process of this court, but contrary to the principle of the finality of litigation, and have taken up considerable time of this court”, in the given judgment.
She directed the authorities to comply with the spirit of a High Court order dated March 30, 2015, and an order of the Supreme Court dated May 5, 2015, by taking steps to hold elections.
The state government, Karnataka State Commission for SC/STs and others had filed impleading applications without any further prayers. This is not only frivolous, but an instance of the court being taken for granted, the judge said.
“The IA filed by state is dismissed with a cost of 10,000, payable to each petitioner. The applications filed by the other applicants are dismissed with a cost of 1,000, payable by each of the applicants to each petitioner, on every application filed by them, other than the Namma Bengaluru Foundation,” the order said.
Further the state Election Commission had objected to the plea, saying it would be held responsible if the elections were not held in time.