The Gujarat High Court today sought the state government's stand on a plea challenging a 2015 amendment to the Gujarat Panchayats Act, curtailing the tenures of presidents and vice presidents of district panchayats to two-and-a-half years from five years.
A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi sought the government's reply within four weeks.
The amendment to sections 81 and 81 (2) of the act, halving the tenures of district panchayats' key functionaries have been challenged by former presidents of Bhavnagar, Amreli, Ahmedabad and Vadodara district panchayats.
It necessitates elections for these posts halfway through the panchayats' terms. The petitioners contended that this is against the original scheme of the Panchayats Act, and unconstitutional.
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