HC to hear stay on Bengal panchayat election today

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KOLKATA: The stay on Bengal’s panchayat poll process will remain for at least one more day as a Calcutta high court division bench sent all the petitions, filed by the SEC and several political parties, back to a single-judge bench of the same court on Monday. Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the petitions on Tuesday.
As of now, the shadow of doubt on whether the first ballot can be cast on May 1 — first day of the three-day voting process — looms large. Opposition parties have alleged that widespread intimidation and violence prevented many of their candidates from filing their nomination papers. The SEC has pleaded for an immediate withdrawal of the HC’s interim stay.

These petitions and counter-petitions have shuttled between the Supreme Court and the two Calcutta HC benches (Justice Talukdar’s court and a division bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee) for one whole week. The trial court will, on Tuesday, hear petitions filed by the…

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