HC Extends Ban On Saumitra Khan From Entering Bankura

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Kolkata: The division bench of Calcutta High Court has extended the ban on BJP candidate Saumitra Khan from entering Bankura. BJP is set to move the Supreme Court against the same.

A division bench of High Court led by Justice Joymalya Bagchi has issued an order on Wednesday, barring Khan from entering Bankura for six weeks. The division bench observed that such a ban is required for a free and fair investigation, considering his political clout in the area.

In the cases filed in Barjora and Bankura police stations, it was alleged that he had taken money from the School Service Commission (SSC) candidates, assuring them jobs. The court has stayed his arrest in these two cases for six weeks.

The court observed that a thorough inquiry is required into the allegation of a larger conspiracy. Meanwhile, the Election Commission on Thursday served a show-cause notice to BJP leader Sayantan Basu who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Basirhat, for his derogatory statement.

After going through the video footages, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has issued a notice to Basu and sought an immediate clarification in this regard. According to a senior official of the CEO’s office, the commission has found his statement highly objectionable. Steps may be taken against Basu if he fails to come up with a convincing explanation.