Calcutta High Court refuses plea against stay of panchayat election process

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Kolkata: Dashing hopes of the Trinamool Congress and the West Bengal State Election Commission the division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Monday sent their cases, challenging the last week's stay order by the single bench on the Panchayat Elections, to the single bench again.

During plea, justices asked lawyer from TMC, MP Kalyan Banerjee that why they have appealed to the division bench when the single bench is hearing the matter.

In his previous order the judge had ordered the stay till Monday.

Justice Talukdar also permitted state Congress President Adhir Chowdhury to become a party in the case, overruling objections from Trinamool counsel Kalyan Banerjee.

The matter will now be heard by the single judge bench at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. We did not want the polls to be postponed.


Iterating that in a democracy, every election down to the municipality of panchayat level should be held peacefully, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader expressed doubts over whether the state government had the capability to conduct a violence-free poll. We welcome the order.

The opposition parties were also aggrieved with the SEC after the poll panel withdrew its earlier order of extending the filing of nominations by a day, within a few hours of issuing the order last week. Those who could not file their panchayat poll nominations due to the ruling party terror will breathe a sigh of relief now. "BJP leader Mukul Roy, said", This is the people's victory. The respect towards the Indian Constitution has increased only with this order. I think the decision by the High Court to scrap the appeal of Trinamool Congress is in favour of the people of West Bengal. Despite stiff opposition by the Mamata Banerjee government, the use of these forces was ordered by the Supreme Court after the state election commissioner said she did not have faith in the state police.

The draft rules also seek to bar the publication by any university employee of any material that can embarrass the "relation between the state government and the central government or the government of any other state or any foreign state". However, TMC on April 13 moved the division bench of Justice Biswanath Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee to challenge Talukdar's stay order.

The Calcutta HC also asked the SEC, which is accused of working in terms of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) by the opposition, to submit the details of how many nominations have been filed so far by all parties.

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