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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Govt to file appeal against stay on formation of new panchayats


Kochi: The government will file an appeal against the Kerala High Court's decision to stay the formation of new panchayats in the state, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stated on Tuesday.

The CM confirmed the decision to appeal the stay after holding talks with Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and the Election Commission.

The stay was expected to cause delay to the local body polls, set for October. However, Chandy said that the polls would take place as per schedule.

The CM also revealed that the UDF government would hold further discussions with the Election Commission after 15 days.

The Kerala High Court stayed the formation of new panchayats on Monday.

While delivering the order, the court stressed that due process was not followed in formation of new panchayats.

"The manner in which some portions of villages were divided to form new panchayats without the permission of Governor was not following the law. The ward division too was against the law," the High Court observed.

Justice A.V. Ramakrishna Pillai took the decision to stay the formation of new panchayats, while considering a set of petitions filed on April 25 against the government decision.

The order came hours after Chandy said that the local body elections would not be delayed at any cost. The CM had also stated the government was stern about the timing of the panchayat elections.