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Disqualification of 10 Beed Councillors: HC issues notice to CEC, Mah EC, Osmanabad DC

The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Chief Election Commissioner, the Election Commissioner of Maharashtra and the District Collector of Osmanabad in the case of a review petition filed by 10 Councillors of Beed Municipal Council, who were disqualified for their alleged misbehaviour in the House.

Justice Mangesh Patil directed them to submit their written statements on the next date of hearing on June 6. The 10 Councillors, mostly of a local front, were disqualified by Minister of State Dilip Kamble a week before the May 21 election of the Osmanabad-Beed-Latur Local Bodies seat in the Maharashtra Legislative Council.

Following which, the Councillors had moved the High Court, challenging their disqualification. The court had then allowed them to vote in the May 21 election, and also issued a direction to count their votes. It had put a rider on the announcement of election result, if the votes of these 10 corporators had any impact on the outcome of the election.

The court had pronounced that the decision will be subject to the final verdict of the review petition. Following this order, the Election Commission on Wednesday deferred the date of counting of votes in this constituency, which was due on May 24. BJP's Suresh Dhas and NCP-sponsored Ashok Jagdale are in the fray in this election.

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