WB Panchayat Polls: Calcutta HC Stays Till Further Orders


Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal.

While staying the election process, Justice Subrata Talukdar also sought from the State Election Commission by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected, amongst other information.

The court said it would hear on April 16 the pleas challenging the SEC’s decision to withdraw its April 9 notification, which had extended the date for filing nominations by a day.

Justice Talukdar had on April 10 stayed the withdrawal of SEC’s April 9 notification, directing the Commission to treat its order of cancellation as kept in abeyance. Justice Talukdar also imposed a cost of Rs five lakh on the BJP for misrepresentation.

The apex court had yesterday directed the BJP to approach the Calcutta High Court with its grievances over the deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat polls in West Bengal. Apart from the BJP, the CPIM and the Congress too has moved the high court challenging the SEC’s decision.