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The prospects of holding elections in the immediate future to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation virtually disappeared on Wednesday when the High Court stayed the issuance of the poll notification on the ground that the basis for determination of backward class voters was faulty and illegal.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Anil Ramesh Dave and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan restrained the authorities from issuing the notification till the issues of categorisation of BCs into A, B, C & D groups and the exclusion of creamy layer were addressed.

They were passing interim orders in a batch of writ petitions questioning the pre-election process like delimitation of wards and identification of the wards for various reserved categories. The government contended that the population figures of SC, ST and BC groups were compiled ward-wise and then reservation was arrived at

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