New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Election Commission seeking clarification on its notification issued on reserving seats for the Schedules Castes in the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls in a week’s time.

Acting on the petition, a division bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher sought Delhi Election Commission’s reply by February 15.

The Court’s order came after the petition filed by BJP councilor Anil Yadav and advocate Kuldeep Singh against the Delhi Election Commission on Thursday. Representing the petitioners, lawyers OP Saxena, Rajesh Kaushik and Shyam Sharma on Friday urged the Court to extend a stay order on the MCD polls scheduled to take place in April 2012.

The lawyer appearing for the Delhi Election Commission told the Court, “The EC has just issued the notification regarding the seats, while the election process has not yet begun so there is no relevance of putting a stay order.”

While the petitioner’s lawyers said, “The Delhi Election Commission has reserved the MCD seats on the basis of 2001 consensus, whereas the caste equation gets changed after 10 years.”

The lawyers added, “The Schedule Caste people have left the JJ Clusters and other places where they used to reside earlier. It will be appropriate that the Election Commission allocate the seats on the basis of 2011 census. According to the provisions of the MCD Act, the reservation of seat is to be based on the caste of the ward rather than on the basis of assembly segment.”