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No decision taken to remove Patiala Mayor yet: State to Punjab & Haryana HC

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Anushka Sharma –

Published On: December 2, 2021 at 14:20 IST

While Sanjeev Sharma Bittu filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging his alleged suspension from the position of Patiala Mayor, the State told the Court on Wednesday that no final written decision on the suspension has been made.

The Patiala Municipal Corporation also told the High Court on Wednesday that, given the circumstances, Bittu might keep his job till the Case’s next Hearing. The Case will now be heard by the High Court on December 6.

Punjab Advocate General DS Patwalia appeared before a Bench of Justice Ritu Bahri and Justice Meenakshi I. Mehta on behalf of the State submitted that the State had received the Counsellors’ resolution but is yet to make a Judgement.

Bittu, asked the Court to overturn decisions dated November 25, 2021, in which the MC general house declared the Mayor suspended after he received just 25 votes and 36 members voted against him.

In his Petition, Bittu claims that 36 out of 61 Councillors, present and voting members, do not constitute a two-thirds majority (of the total sanctioned strength of 42/63 seats) as required by Section 39 of the 1976 Act.

As a result, the Legislative procedure and requirement of 2/3 of the members of the house voting against him, as specified by Section 39 of the 1976 Legislation (which provides for the removal of a Municipal Corporation’s major, among other things), is not followed. As a result, the request to remove the Petitioner from office as Mayor fails on this basis.