Bengal panchayat polls: Calcutta High Court extends stay on process by a day

A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the arguments by both the parties again in the first half on Wednesday.

Published: 17th April 2018 07:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2018 07:02 PM   |  A+A-

EVM, Voting

Image used for representational purpose.


KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday again extended. by a day till Wednesday. its stay on West Bengal's Panchayat election process in view of the ongoing hearing of a case related to the polls.

A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the arguments by both the parties again in the first half on Wednesday.

Justice Talukdar had, on Monday, extended the original stay on the election process till April 16, by one day till Tuesday in view of an appeal filed before a division bench of the court against the stay.

However, the division bench of Justice Biswanath Samaddar and Justice Arindam Mukherjee on Monday evening disposed off the appeal filed by the ruling Trinamool Congress and the State Election Commission, stating it did not want to interfere with the case at this stage as it was already pending before the single bench.

During Tuesday's argument, Trinamool counsel Kalyan Banerjee argued that the petitions filed by Bharatiya Janata Party as well as by Communist Party of India-Marxist and others accusing the state ruling party of conducting large-scale pre-poll violence in the state and demanding fresh election process, removal of the State Election Commissioner and imposition of para-military forces during the elections, are not at all maintainable.

Citing several judgements passed by the Supreme Court, he said the judge is not bound by the court's order. However, if there is a violation of the order, the court can decide appropriate proceedings, he said, adding that this does not give the court any jurisdiction to interfere in an ongoing polling process.

The opposition parties have moved the court, accusing the Trinamool of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for the polls ever since the process began on April 2.

The parties are also aggrieved with the SEC after the poll panel withdrew its earlier order of extending the filing of nominations by a day, within a few hours of issuing the order last week.

The panchayat elections were originally scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, with the counting of votes slated on May 8.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp