Kolkata: A Public Interest litigation (PIL) was filed at Calcutta High Court to give the voting rights to the under trial prisoners. Anindyasundar Das, the lawyer who had filed the case argued that since the prisoners are under trial and the allegations against them have not been proven, so they should have voting rights.
He also argued that if one can contest in elections from inside the jail, why can’t one vote from inside. Citing an example he said, “Rosevalley Chief Gautam Kundu has been granted interim bail. If he is a Kolkata voter, then he will be casting his vote on April 18. If he had not been granted bail then he would not have been able to cast his vote. The case has been filed to make arrangements for the under trial prisoners to cast their votes.