HC Fines Bengal BJP For Suppresing Facts


Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the state unit of BJP for misleading the court and suppressing the facts in connection with the date extention and withdrawal of nomination filling.

A day after the Calcutta high court’s interim stay on the West Bengal State Election Commission’s withdrawal of its extension of the deadline for filing of nominations by the candidates for the panchayat elections, the Trinamul Congress moved the high court accusing the BJP of keeping the high court in dark about filing the same case at the Supreme Court simultaneously.

On Wednesday Trinamul MP Kalyan Banerjee, also a lawyer, filed the case before Justice Subrata Talukdar. The Trinamul MP alleged, “Same case can not be filed at two courts simultaneously. At the apex court the BJP filed the same case which it filed on Tuesday at the Calcutta high court. The BJP however did not state before the high court about its same plea to the SC. They kept it secret from the high court. That is why the BJP lawyer was not present in fear. I pointed out to the judge on Tuesday itself about the BJP’s plea to the SC. The judge then asked me to file a petition which I did.”

He claimed, “That the BJP kept it secret to the high court about filing the same case at the apex court was proved when the Supreme Court refused to hear the BJP’s plea because same case can not be heard at two courts simultaneously. The BJP again returned from the SC empty handed.” Rejecting his claims state BJP president Dilip Ghosh accused Mr Banerjee of trying to mislead the people by making incorrect comments.

He said, “He tried to mislead people since morning saying that the BJP is in fear. There is no fear. The SC only directed us to raise the matter before the high court since it is hearing it.