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Calcutta HC extends by a day stay on Bengal panchayat polls process


Kolkata, April 16 IANS) The on Monday extended by a day till Tuesday its stay on the West Bengal's panchayat election process.

A single-judge bench of Justice extended the stay till 2 p.m. on Tuesday in view of an appeal filed before a Division Bench of the High Court against the stay.

A Division Bench of Justice and Justice is slated to hear the case at 4.30 p.m. on Monday.

Justice Talukdar had, on Thursday, stayed the election process till April 16 on a petition by the and asked the (SEC) to furnish by that date a comprehensive status report on the polls.

On Monday, furnished a bond of Rs five lakh as fine imposed by the court on the party for "misrepresenting facts" by moving both the and the High Court on the same plea.

Justice Talukdar also permitted the state to become a party in the case, overruling objections from Trinamool Kalyan Banerjee.

The two opposition parties have moved the court, accusing the ruling 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 two parties also called the SEC a puppet of the ruling TMC 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.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:04 IST