Bhubaneswar: Quashing the Government nominated councils to run various cooperative bodies, Odisha High Court on Wednesday ordered to hold fresh elections in all State run cooperative socities within 6 months and ordered the reinstatement of the elected committees.

The judge bench comprising Justice B P Das and Justice S K Mishra, however has asked a supervision to plead in a public within 3 months a proposals to delineate choosing procedures and confirm about a voters. Till the new elected bodies are constituted, the old ones shall continue, the High Court order said.

The directives came in response to multiple writ petitions against the Government’s move to dismiss the councils.

On September 24, the State Government had dismissed all the elected councils of cooperative bodies by enforcing the Orissa Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act, 2011, and had nominated panels to manage them.

Earlier elected members of 24 cooperative bodies had filed petitions in the High Court. The High Court had reserved its verdict after hearing the parties in 24 writ petitions.

The petition stated that there was no election for a long time and after the courts direction, election for managing committee was held and the elected body took charge. But the State Government had nominated the committee members hurriedly when the elected bodies were functioning. This decision of the State Government was illegal and arbitrary.