A bench of justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre held this while upholding the validity of recent amendments in Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which fixes various criteria, including minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting the panchayat polls.
The bench also upheld one of the criterias fixed by the Act which said aspirants must have toilets at their residence to contest the panchayat polls noting that "one of the primary duties of any civic body is to maintain sanitation with in its jurisdiction".
"Those who aspire to get elected to those civic bodies and administer them must set an example for others," the bench said.
The judgement upheld the validity of the Act which fixes matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates contesting panchayat polls, while the qualification for women (general) and Scheduled Caste candidates has been fixed at Class VIII.
However, in case of a woman candidate belonging to the Scheduled Caste category, contesting election for the post of panch (panchayat head), the minimum qualification would be Class V.

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