THE state election commission on Friday told the Calcutta High Court that it could direct the state government to issue notification for holding the panchayat poll,but the government has to properly consult with the commission before finalising the poll date.
Arguing for the commission,which has challenged the government’s notification of panchayat poll in the High Court,Samaraditya Pal said the government issued the notifications first on March 22 and then on March 25 despite the fact that some important issues remained unresolved between the two constitutional bodies.
The dispute on the issue of polling infrastructure,logistics,deployment of central paramilitary forces and observers had not been resolved but the state government went ahead and announced the poll dates on March 22,then on March 25 and again during the hearing the ongoing hearing after ignoring the suggestion of the state election commission,Pal told the High Court.
Pal handed over a document to the court which showed that the state election commission wrote 25 letters to the state government from April 11,2012 to March 22,2013 as part of the consultation process to fix the poll date,but the state government replied on only nine occasions.
He pointed out that the power and function of the state election commission cannot be curtailed by the state or any body as the it was the constitutional body to conduct the poll.
The hearing will resume on Tuesday.
HC stays proceedings against CPM MLA for his CM remarks
Passing an interim order,the Calcutta High Court on Friday stayed the criminal proceedings drawn by the Alipore court against Anisur Rehman,CPM MLA and former minister. The case will come up for hearing after four weeks. Rehman had passed adverse remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a rally at Itahar in North Dinajpur in December last year.
Advocate Subhasish Chatterjee lodged a FIR with the Alipur court alleging that such remarks of Rehman might lead to violence. The Alipur court took cognizance against Rehman on the basis of the FIR.
Rehman filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court to quash criminal proceedings against him.