New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to give relief to Aligarh councillor Rakesh Gautam by denying to stay the Uttar Pradesh local bodies polls which are going to be held in the last week of June.

A division bench comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar on Monday rejected the petition moved by Rakesh Gautam.  
The top court also made it clear that the results will be subjected to final outcome of the case and the elections will be held as per the schedule, and fixed second week of August as the next date of hearing in the case.

Gautam, a general category candidate for the post of Khair Nagar Palika chairperson in Aligarh, has urged the Apex Court to stay the impugned notification issued by the state government.
He has submitted that the poll process was vitiated as the posts were being reserved indiscriminately without any rationale and in a manner, discriminatory to the general category candidates.
In all, there are 630 local bodies comprising 13 municipal corporations, 194 'nagar palika parishads' and 423 'nagar panchayats' in the state. The petitioner has submitted that reservation of the posts of chairpersons can be done only by rotation. In other words, if a post is reserved for a particular term, then in the subsequent term, it has to be de-reserved, allowing a general category candidate to contest for it.
The UP government, however, in the purported exercise of its powers under Section 9 A of the UP Municipalities Act, 1916, has reserved 28 seats in favour of different castes despite the fact that the posts had been reserved in 2001 and 2006 elections, the petitioner has said.

The top court has earlier issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government asking it to make its stand clear on the state’s High Court order which cancelled the reservation in the Local Bodies Election.

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