CPI(M) councillor Bilkis Begum Monday filed an appeal against a single-bench order of the Calcutta High Court that dismissed her petition challenging the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018.
The amended Act enables a person, who is not an elected councillor, to be made a mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). The person would have to get elected as a corporator within six months to continue in the post.
Bypoll in ward number 82 of the KMC was held on Sunday, where Hakim is a candidate. Counting of votes will be held on Wednesday.
The councillor prayed for the nullification of the amendment, claiming that it is unconstitutional.
Justice Debangshu Basak had on January 4 dismissed the CPI(M) councillor's petition observing that the impugned amendment is within the competence of the legislature.
Challenging the single-bench order, an appeal was filed and is likely to be taken up next week by a division bench presided by Acting Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder, the councillor's lawyer Shamim Ahmed said.
Hakim, the state's Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, was elected as the mayor of the KMC on December 3.
The Trinamool Congress, which has a huge majority in the KMC with 122 seats out of a total 144, earlier elected Hakim as its leader in the civic body.
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