The Bombay High Court on 12 May 2014 ordered the Maharashtra government to revise the electoral rolls in Mumbai and Pune. The bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M S Sonak gave the judgement by acknowledging the five Public Interest Litigation (PILs) that challenged deletion of half a million names in the voters list in Mumbai and Pune.
The Court in its direction also asked the state government to advertise the decision of revision of electoral rolls in three newspapers in Pune and Mumbai each to make people aware and take a note of their suggestions or objections.
The Court also rejected the plea that demanded stay on the Lok Sabha 2014 polls results and for appointment of an SIT headed by a retired Supreme Court or high court judge to hold an inquiry into the deletion of voters.
The court made it clear that such revision shall have no nexus with the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2014.
The court refused to grant any interim relief plead by the petitioners that supplementary polls be held in these constituencies (Mumbai and Pune) where names of voters were found deleted in the voters list and allow them to cast their vote.
The court further rejected the challenge to the validity of Section 23(3) of the Representation of People Act, 1950 and Article 329 of the Constitution of India, which imposes a bar on the court to interfere in electoral matters.
When: 12 May 2014