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Bihar polls uncertain as SC questions Election Commission
September 08, 2005 19:43 IST
Uncertainity over Assembly elections in Bihar surfaced on Thursday with the Supreme Court advancing the hearing date on petitions to decide whether the Presidential proclamation dissolving the Assembly was valid or not.
The Election Commission found itself in a difficult situation when a constitution bench, comprising Justice Y K Sabharwal, Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justice B N Agrawal, Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Arijit Pasayat asked its counsel as to what would happen to the poll process if the Court struck down the Presidential proclamation holding it invalid.
Struck by the enormity of the question, EC counsel S Muralidhar said the poll process would formally commence from
Not satisfied, the Bench sought the opinions of Attorney General Milon Banerjee, Additional Solicitor General Gopal
Muralidhar added that the EC was facing confusion as the Court has not yet decided the applications seeking stay
The Bench, which advanced the hearing dates of the writ petitions challenging the dissolution of the Assembly from