THE Calcutta High Court today wanted to know from the Advocate General the meaning of CAPF mentioned in the letter written by the Director General of Police to the home secretary on January 2.
Hearing arguments on the issue of panchayat elections,Justice Biswanath Somadder told Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee to take instruction from the DGP to explain the term CAPF and inform the court at the next hearing.
Last week,CAPF became a controversial subject when Barrister Samaridtya Pal,counsel of the state election commission,told the court that the meaning of CAPF was Central Armed Police Force. But government pleader Ashoke Banerjee had said that it meant Calcutta Armed Police Force.
Chatterjee today showed a document of the Ministry of Home Affairs,which stated that six armed forces - CRPF,BSF,ITBP,CISF,SSB and National Security Guard - are the CAPF. Chatterjee said the SEC had demanded central paramilitary forces to conduct elections in the petition. The Assam Rifles is the only one which is treated as a central paramilitary force,said Chatterjee.
Chatterje today opposed the SEC plea referring to the present situation in Junglemahal,which was dominated by Maoists a few years ago. The present social and economic conditions in the district had improved in the last two years,he said.
Chatterjee pleaded that the DGP had suggested a single-phase poll considering the law and order situation. The DGP is the right person to assess the law and order situation of the state,not the SEC,Chatterjee pointed out. He alleged that the SEC did not want to discuss the issue with the state but demanded 800 companies of paramilitary forces as they had the legal power to demand it.
The case will come up for the hearing on Tuesday.