Mumbai, May 15 UNI | 2 months ago

In an interesting order, the Bombay High Court has refused to stay the declaration of results of elections and restoration of names of the deleted voters in the electoral rolls of Mumbai and Pune constituencies during the hearing of a petition,complaining against deletion of the names in the voters' list during the recent Lok Sabha elections.

In an order passed earlier this week on a bunch of petitions, the court raised questions over the responsibility of electorate to ensure their names are on the voters' list instead of putting all the blame on authorities.

The court in their order noted that petitioners have emphasised upon the magnitude of deletions and contended that it was indicative of negligence on the part of electoral authorities.

'However, there is no adequate explanation forthcoming from the petitioners, who at least personally, are neither poor nor illiterate, as to the steps adopted by them to verify that their names continue on the electoral rolls or for inclusion of their names in the electoral rolls, no sooner draft or final electoral rolls came to be published,' a division bench of Justices A S Oka and M S Sonak observed in their order.

The order was given on a bunch of petitions filed by several voters, including actor and director Amol Palekar, from Mumbai and Pune complaining that their names were missing from the electoral rolls when they went to cast their votes during Lok Sabha elections.

(Posted on 16-05-2014)