HC sends West Bengal civic poll cases to bench
KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Monday said petitions regarding panchayat polls in West Bengal will be heard by a single bench that stayed the election process. The single bench is scheduled to hear the petitions by the opposition parties as well as by the State Election Commission and ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday.
Noting that it was not unmindful of the expiry of the present panchayat in August and the necessity of completing the process by then, a division bench said that it, however, does not want to interfere in an "intra-court matter" at this stage and directed that the petitions be heard before the single bench.
The division bench comprising justices B Somadder and A Mukherjee said the question of maintainability of the petition by the BJP would be decided by the court of Justice Subrata Talukdar, who stayed the election process on March 12 and fixed the hearing in the case for Monday.