Delhi Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has overturned Mayor Shelly Oberoi’s decision to hold re-election to elect six members of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). In addition, the mayor has been instructed to immediately announce the results of the February 24 elections.
A single court, Purushendra Kumar Kaurav, granted BJP corporators Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Shikha Roy’s petition to be heard and said the mayor was acting outside his powers as the returning officer. It is legally incorrect for the mayor to reject the vote after the verification phase has been completed and the quotas have been established. The BJP councilors challenged the mayor’s order to re-vote.
The petition alleged that the mayor, belonging to the Aam Aadmi party, wrongly invalidated a vote as the returning official. When the decision was not in favor of the party, he also ordered a new poll on February 27.
At the request of the BJP corporations, the Supreme Court had overturned the mayor’s decision on February 25. In his defence, the mayor had told the court that there had been a clash between the AAP and BJP councilors during the February 24 elections. Re-elections are therefore necessary to guarantee free and fair elections.