HC directs East Bengal to complete elections by Feb 15

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today
directed East Bengal Club to complete election of office
bearers by February 15, while endorsing the appointment of
retired Army chief General Shankar Roy Chowdhury as special
officer to conduct the polls.

A division bench comprising Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharjee
and Justice Sambuddha Chakraborti, while rejecting the appeal
by the club authorities and upholding the order of a single
bench of the court, directed that the voters list be

It also directed General Roy Chowdhury to ensure free and
fair polls by voters, who number more than 8,000.

The club filed the appeal against the December 1 order of
Justice Sanjib Banerjee who appointed retired Gen Shankar Roy
Chowdhury as special officer to conduct the elections.

The elections, which were earlier scheduled to be held on
December 5, had been put off by Justice Banerjee after a
section of members moved a petition claiming malpractices by
the present committee in holding the polls.

Paltu Mukherjee and 11 other members of the club moved
the petition alleging omissions and commissions in the
electoral rolls and prayed for appointment of an independent
officer to conduct the elections in a free and fair manner.