Kolkata: Single-judge bench of Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the Bengal election commission to show importance to the grievances of Opposition parties on security in Panchayat Election.
Justice Subrata Talukdar said the commission “was the sole authority in decisions regarding deployment of forces to make the poll process free and fair”.
“But the Supreme Court, in its order on April 11, had clearly asked the poll panel to allay the grievances of all the political parties.
The official was present during the hearing. Justice Talukdar asked the panel to inform the division bench of Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya about the steps taken.
This followed concerns over security expressed by the four “stakeholders” – the BJP, CPM, Congress and the PDS.
The matter was referred to the division bench as it has already taken up a poll-related case in which the Murshidabad SP and two other officers have been asked why contempt action should not be started against them for failing to provide enough security to prospective Congress candidates during nominations. The officers have been given four weeks to reply.