Left Moves Division Bench Over Mayor Case

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Kolkata: The single bench of Calcutta High Court had previously rejected the plea filed by CPM councilor Bilkis Begum to declare corporation amendment bill as illegal. But the Left have now moved to the division bench in demand for declaring the bill as illegal. The hearing for the matter is likely in this week.

The case has been filed by Bilkis Begum under Chief Justuce Vishwanath Samaddar and Justice Arindam Mukherjee’s division bench. The case was filed stating Monday’s (December 3, 2018) mayor election process as illegal.

The Left has faced a huge setback in the Calcutta High Court. CPIM Councilor Bilkis Begum had filed a case in the HC challenging the legitimacy of appointing an outsider as a Mayor. The HC rejected the case of Friday. Firhad Hakim is the mayor of Kolkata presently. With this advancement, no more legal complication remains.

The hearing was held under Justice Debanshu Basak where the state advocate general Kishor Dutta had asked question in favour of the law which allowed an outsider in the position as a mayor.

After Sovan Chatterjee resigned from his post as a mayor, the state government brought an amendment to the Kolkata Municipal law of 1980. According to the new law, even if one is not a municipal representative, he could still be elected as the mayor. But within 6 months he will have to be the member of any of the municipal ward.