Supreme Court is scheduled to hear BBMP polls matter on Friday (May 20), but if adjournment plea is accepted the matter may be listed only in August
If the Supreme Court of India heeds the plea of the Karnataka government for adjournment of the BBMP elections case by two weeks, the next hearing in the matter may happen only in August.
The BBMP elections matter is scheduled to be heard by an SC bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and JB Pardiwala in court hall 3 on May 20, but advocates appearing for the respondents and representing the Karnataka State Election Commission have asked for an adjournment.
TheBengaluruLive obtained exclusive access to a letter addressed to the SC registrar by Shubhranshu Padhi, advocate for the Karnataka government, in which he has requested adjournment of the matter by two weeks.
As per sources, May 20 is the last working day of the Supreme Court before vacations, following which the apex court will reopen on July 11. If the SC accepts the Karnataka government’s request to adjourn the matter by two weeks, the matter will be next listed only in August, the sources said.
Advocate Shubranshu Padhi’s letter reads: “The above-captioned matter is listed on 20.05.2020 in Court No. 3 as Item No. 17 before the bench comprising of Hon’ble Mr Justice AM Khanwilkar and Hon’ble Mr Justice JB Pardiwala.”
Padhi’s letter to the SC registrar continues: “The counsel appearing for the State is requesting for a short accommodation of two weeks time to file additional documents in the matter. Therefore, when the matter shall be called out, the counsel for the Petitioner State will be making a humble prayer for adjourning the matter by two weeks,” and adds: “You are therefore requested to circulate this letter to their Lordships for their Lordships’ convenience, at our risk.”
However, other advocates Jagjit Singh Chhabra, Sahil Tagotra, Anuradha Mutatkar and L Zafeer Ahmad BF have opposed the request for adjournment of the hearing.