HC sends West Ben­gal civic poll cases to bench

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

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.

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