Honourable Supreme Court on Thursday said that the West Bengal Panchayat elections would be held on May 14, as per the earlier schedule. The apex court has asked the State Election Commission and the West Bengal government to ensure free and fair polls. The court asked the State Election Commission not to issue the notification on the declaration of results till July 3. The State Election Commission had argued in its plea that if the HC order has not stayed, it could cause “an irreparable loss and injury” that cannot be compensated. On May 8, the Calcutta High Court had ordered the State Election Commission to accept the nominations of the candidates who had filed it through electronic messaging within the stipulated deadline.
On the other hand, in anticipation of the SEC’s move, the CPI(M) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the state’s main opposition political parties moved a sign in the top court, asking no ex-parte orders to be passed. A caveat is a notice to a public official or court that particular actions should not be taken without informing the parties who have given the notice. Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BJP’s West Bengal unit, told the Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that a copy of the SEC’s petition should be provided to them and that the court may list the matter for hearing on May 11.
The TMC,WB Govt and SEC nexus,upset after the landmark judgement of the Calcutta High Court yesterday want to move to the Supreme Court. A Caveat has already been filed on our behalf there today.https://t.co/MocNlGfksR
— Surjya Kanta Mishra (@mishra_surjya) May 9, 2018
Previously CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said in a tweet, that “the TMC, West Bengal Govt and SEC nexus, upset after the landmark judgment of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday as they wanted to move to the Supreme Court about this. A caveat has already been filed on our side there on Wednesday“. The CPM claimed many of its intended candidates were prevented from filing nominations by the TMC.