HC bench to hear appeal on Monday
Calcutta: A Calcutta High Court division bench will on Monday hear separate appeals by the state election commission, the Bengal government and Trinamul against a single bench's order stalling the panchayat poll process.
As a result of the appeals filed on Friday, matters being handled by the single bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar are likely to be referred to the division bench of Justice Biswanath Sommader and Justice Arindam Mukherjee.
Halting the poll process through an interim order on Thursday, Justice Talukdar had asked the election commission to explain on Monday what it had done about Opposition complaints that its nominees were being prevented from filing nominations.
On Friday, the commission, the government and Trinamul urged the division bench to hear their appeals on an "urgent basis". Justice Somadder, the senior judge on the bench, asked the parties to file their appeals right away.
"The poll process has already been delayed. The division bench will hear the case again and it will take more time. So there is every possibility of the election dates being deferred," said a senior lawyer not connected with the case.
Inputs from The Telegraph