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Cal HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The today stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West

While staying the election process, Justice also sought from the 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.

He held that the BJP had moved both the high court and the on similar pleas and likened its conduct to "forum hopping".

The apex court had yesterday directed the BJP to approach the with its grievances over the deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat polls in West

Apart from the BJP, the and the too has moved the high court challenging the SEC's decision.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 13:40 IST