Court refuses to suspend ruling on Bengal panchayat polls
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court, hearing the West Bengal government`s appeal over the panchayat polls issue, Monday refused to suspend its earlier verdict that upheld the primacy of the state election commission.
The state government appealed before the division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice JM Bagchi for an injunction against Justice B. Sommader`s verdict Friday wherein the court directed the poll panel to conduct the rural body elections in three stages, deploying central security forces.
Hearing the appeal, the bench refused to grant the state government`s plea to suspend Justice Sommader`s verdict observing that "conducting panchayat polls is a constitutional obligation which cannot be postponed".
The court said it will hear the appeal on a day-to-day basis and dispose of the matter swiftly.
It also directed the two parties - the appellant (state government) and the respondent (SEC) - to conclude their arguments and submissions as early as possible, preferably by Tuesday.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Highlights - India vs England 2nd ODI in Cuttack
- Donald Trump to be sworn in as 45th US President today
- Etah: School bus collides with truck, several children killed
- J&K: LeT militant gunned down by security forces in Bandipora
- Exclusive: Srinagar freezes at minus 3; common man struggles for basic commodities
- WATCH: MS Dhoni asks Jasprit Bumrah to go easy after he hurriedly ran out England skipper Eoin Morgan
- WATCH: How MS Dhoni saved Yuvraj Singh's wicket with another successful DRS review
- IND vs ENG, 2nd ODI: Yuvraj Singh silences critics with 14th ODI hundred, fourth against England — WATCH
- India vs England: After Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar gives Piers Morgan cricketing gyan
- Donald Trump's Inauguration Day: As it happened