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Calcutta HC stays Bengal Panchayat poll process

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The on Thursday stayed the ongoing Panchayat election process in West till further orders and asked the (SEC) to furnish by April 16 a comprehensive status report on the polls.

The state's opposition parties welcomed the decision of the single judge, but the ruling Trinamool said it would move the division bench. The has also filed a caveat in the division bench.

Justice also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the BJP for misrepresenting facts by moving both the and the high court on the same plea.

Justice Talukdar directed the SEC to include in the status report details like the number of nominations received and rejected.

He said the next hearing on the petitions -- filed by the BJP, as also the CPI-M and the challenging the SEC's April 10 order withdrawing its earlier decision to extend the filing of nominations by a day -- will be held on April 16.

The put a number of posers before the SEC, like the number of candidates who expressed their willingness to submit their nominations between 3 p.m on April 9 and 3 p.m on April 10, and how many allegations it came across during this period.

The also sought to know the steps the SEC had initiated with regard to the allegations.

The SEC counsel, however, said it had no such information.

When the pointed out that the election dates had been announced, the said it was the SEC's call and if need be the election dates could be deferred.

While imposing the fine on the BJP, observed that the party's actions were akin to "forum hopping".

The tendered an unconditional apology.

Justice Talkukdar had on April 10 granted an interim stay on the SEC's order the same day withdrawing its April 9 decision extending the nomination filing process by a day.

The on Wednesday refused to interfere with the elections and asked the state BJP to approach the

The panchayat elections are scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, while the counting of votes is due on May 8.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:30 IST