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Panchayat poll case gets extra time in HC

The Calcutta High Court today said it would hear the case regarding the panchayat poll stalemate for more than an hour after normal court hours from next Thursday.

The Calcutta High Court today said it would hear the case regarding the panchayat poll stalemate for more than an hour after normal court hours from next Thursday.

The court was hearing a fresh application filed by the West Bengal State Election Commission (SEC) seeking quick disposal of the case.

Barrister Samaradity Pal,counsel of WBSEC,had urged the high court to hear the case regularly since it was very urgent. Justice Biswanath Somadder said it would not be possible to hear the argument regularly,but the case would be heard after court hours for quick disposal.

In another application,the state government had urged the high court to direct the SEC to issue the notification for conducting the polls. Justice Somadder said he would hear argument on this point later along with a writ petition. Thus Justice Somadder disposed of the two applications filed by the SEC and state government on Monday.

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Today Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee apprised the court that his discussion with Pal on last Friday had failed to resolve the dispute. The state will file an affidavit on the SEC petition by Friday,Chatterjee added.

Arguing on the petition filed by the SEC,Pal said that the state government did not act properly from the beginning to conduct the panchayat poll in due time.

Pal said that many letters were written by the SEC to the state government on the polls but the state government was not serious enough to reply to them.

Pal said there were a lot of tasks to be completed before holding the polls. The SEC wanted to know in April last the tentative poll dates to start the delimitation process and reservation of seats,which takes about eight months. However,the state responded for the first time on August 11 last year to the letter written by the SEC on April 27 last year,Pal pointed out.

The hearing was adjourned today and the case will be heard on Thursday.