Bengal Panchayat Polls: SC To Hear BJP Plea For Forces


New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Thursday that it will hear a BJP plea seeking the deployment of Central Paramilitary Forces in West Bengal for the panchayat elections alleging that its candidates were being beaten up and not allowed to file their nominations.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the plea on Friday as the matter was mentioned for an urgent hearing by advocate Aishwarya Bhati.

A West Bengal BJP leader on Thursday moved Supreme Court alleging that his party candidates are not being allowed to file their nomination papers for the upcoming panchayat polls in the State and sought the court’s help in the matter.

Taking note of the submissions of a State party unit secretary seeking the court’s intervention to ensure that the BJP’s nominees are allowed to file nominations which closes on April 9, a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud promised to hear the matter on April 6.

The petition also sought deployment of Central forces for a smooth conduct of panchayat polls scheduled in the month of May this year.