A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also directed the Delhi government to provide the requisite manpower and funds to the state election commission within four weeks from today for conducting the polls.

"We direct the respondent no 1 (state election commission) to hold bye-elections on 13 seats of the three Municipal Corporations. We also direct the Delhi government to provide adequate manpower and funds within four weeks from today," it said.

The Delhi government had earlier suggested in the high  court the option of advancing the 2017 MCD polls to September- October 2016 when elections can be held for all municipal wards.

The court, however, was of the view that it would not be appropriate to keep the 13 wards vacant for such a long time. It then reserved its verdict on December 22, 2015.

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