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Ashok Kumar v. State Of U.P. And Others - WRIT - C No. 26273 of 2006  RD-AH 9669 (17 May 2006)
Hon'ble Vineet Saran,J
Heard learned counsel for the petitioner as well as learned Standing Counsel appearing for the State-respondents and Sri P.N.Rai for Respondent no.4. Considering the nature of the order which is being passed, notice to the private respondent is not being issued. In case the said respondent is so aggrieved, he may file an application for recall/modification/variation of this order.
It is the case of the petitioner that in the elections of the Gram Pradhan held in August, 2005 the Respondent no.5 was elected as the Pradhan of the Gram Panchayat in question. The petitioner was also a candidate in the said elections. Challenging the said election, on 22.9.2005, the petitioner filed an election petition under section 12 (C) of the U.P. Panchayat Raj Act before the Respondent no.2.
The contention of the petitioner is that although five months have passed, the Sub Divisional Magistrate has done nothing in the election petition and is not proceeding any further to hear the matter. The submission of the learned counsel for the petitioner is that the election to the office of Gram Pradhan is for a fixed term and in case if the election petition is not decided expeditiously, the entire purpose of filing the same would be frustrated.
Having heard learned counsel for the parties and considering the facts and circumstances of this case, this writ petition is finally disposed of with the direction that the Respondent no. 2 shall hear and decide the election petition of the petitioner, in accordance with law, after giving opportunity of hearing to the parties as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a period of six months from the date of filing of a certified copy of this order before him, and if necessary, proceed to hear the matter on day-to-day basis.
With the aforesaid observation/direction this writ petition is disposed of. No order as to cost.
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