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By-election for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency..

The High Court on Monday granted more time to the union home ministry to file objections to a plea, seeking directions for holding by-elections for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency.

A bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir granted the time after Assistant Solicitor General of India on behalf of central home ministry sought more time to file response to the petition.

The by-poll, earlier slated to be held on April 12 last year, was first postponed for May 25, 2017 following unprecedented protests and clashes and dismal voter turnout in Srinagar LokSabha segment on April 9 last year. Nine civilians were killed by government forces on the day of polling for the Srinagar-Budgam segment. The Anantnag by-poll was later postponed indefinitely.

One Gulam Muhammad Wani of Pulwama had approached the court, stating that the union government has “sabotaged” the election for Anantnag parliamentary constituency. He has also sought direction for a probe by a neutral agency.

“Union Government for ulterior motives has sabotaged the process of elections as the requisition of additional forces from the state government for the purpose was not accepted by the central government,” he pleaded. He stated that the law on the point was very clear as by-elections for a vacancy need to be filled within a period of six months from the date of creation of such vacancy. More than year has already elapsed, he said.

The by-poll, earlier slated to be held on April 12 last year, was first postponed for May 25, 2017 following unprecedented protests and clashes and dismal voter turnout in Srinagar LokSabha segment on April 9 last year. Nine civilians were killed by government forces on the day of polling for the Srinagar-Budgam segment. The Anantnag by-poll was later postponed indefinitely.

One Gulam Muhammad Wani of Pulwama had approached the court, stating that the union government has “sabotaged” the election for Anantnag parliamentary constituency. He has also sought direction for a probe by a neutral agency.

“Union Government for ulterior motives has sabotaged the process of elections as the requisition of additional forces from the state government for the purpose was not accepted by the central government,” he pleaded. He stated that the law on the point was very clear as by-elections for a vacancy need to be filled within a period of six months from the date of creation of such vacancy. More than year has already elapsed, he said.

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