Bengaluru: The Karnataka high court directed the state authorities not to publish the results of the election that is to be held in Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (KCP) on June 16 (Sunday). They have asked them to hold back the results until June 20. The election was held to select office-bearers for various posts in KCP.

Reports state that Justice Alok Aradhe passed the interim order to hold back the results of the election until June 20. The order was based on petitions filed by two residents in Bengaluru – Rajashekhar P and V Krishna Reddy – who are also members of the Parishat. Further hearing on the petition is to be held on June 20.

The petitioners have said that their representation had sought an appointment of an administrator. But it is still pending before the Registrar of Cooperative Societies. They also stated that action against the present office-bearers of the Parishat for alleged misappropriation of the funds of the society is also pending before the registrar, reports said.

The petitioners have pointed out that some office-bearers, who are contesting the election, are named in a criminal case. Reportedly, four contestants for the posts are facing criminal charges and they were part of a scam. They allegedly misappropriated Rs 60 lakh between 2007 and 2009. The four accused are T Prabhakar, Kamalakshi MJ, Harish Padmanabha and Appajayya K.

They have mentioned in the petition that it is not proper to conduct an election without deciding on their plea to appoint an administrator. The petitioners had sought for a stay on the elections itself in the petition.