HC allows microphone use in six north Bengal districts
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 20:25
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday passed an interim order allowing the use of microphones from April 9 between 10 am and 8 pm for electioneering in six districts going to West Bengal assembly polls.

A division bench of Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Roy passed the interim order in response to a petition filed yesterday by Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy seeking permission to use loudspeakers during poll campaign from April 9 -- a day after completion of the Higher Secondary examination.

Except Darjeeling town, where CBSE Class XII examinations are scheduled on April 13, microphones can be used for election campaign in six north Bengal districts.

The six districts are scheduled to go on polls on April 18.

Roy in his petition had stated that in states like Assam and Kerala, use of microphone has not been banned for election campaigning.

A notification issued by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board and the state Environment department on March 17 had banned use of loudspeakers while examinations were on.

The petition said CBSE examination would culminate on April 13 and as per the notification loudspeakers cannot be used till that date.

Many remote areas in these districts do not have TVs or radios rendering it impossible for political parties to convey their views to people in the absence of loudspeakers, the petition had pleaded.


First Published: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 20:25

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