Calcutta HC To Hear Panchayat Election Petitions Today

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Kolkata: Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the petitions on Tuesday.The Calcutta HC division bench held on Monday that the trial court had passed an interim order, but did not come up with a final order.

It will be cleared whether the first ballot can be cast on May 1. The state BJP had moved the Supreme Court against the WBSEC’s move to withdraw the notification, citing “legal complexities”.

The apex court refused to intervene and asked the party to approach the high court. The TMC on Friday challenged Talukdar’s stay order before the high court’s division bench, which will hear the matter on Monday.

Justice Subrata Talukdar had last week stayed the election process until Monday while seeking a report from the WBSEC on the measures taken to address the concerns of the Opposition. He asked the WBSEC to file a status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected.

The BJP had accused the TMC of inciting violence for this purpose. The court will hear pleas challenging the West Bengal State Election Commission’s (WBSEC) withdrawal of its April 9 notification that extended the date for filing nominations by a day. It is also likely to pronounce its verdict on whether the poll process should resume after receiving a report from the panel.

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