The election procedure and counting of votes in Balurghat parliamentary constituency has come under the scanner of the Calcutta High Court.
Biplab Mitra,the Trinamool Congress candidate who lost the Lok Sabha poll from Balurghat,filed a petition in the High Court last week challenging the election procedure. Mitra has sought a recounting of votes.
Mitra alleged in the petition that the electronic voting machine (EVM) had not been properly checked before counting in front of the Trinamool agents in various counting stations. The agents were not allowed to enter the counting rooms in various places,he alleged. Advocate Bimal Chatterjee on Monday pleaded that counting procedure had not been followed by the returning officer of the district.
After the hearing,Justice Anirudha Basu directed the court to serve notice to the Election Commission of India and the case will come up for hearing on Friday.
The Calcutta HC also ordered that the seal of the EVMs would not broken till disposal of the case. Normally,the EVMs are preserved for six months after declaration of the result,said Chatterjee. The EVMs should be kept in safe custody of the Election Commission,the court ruled.
Mitra was defeated by Prasanta Kumar Mazumdar of the RSP,by a margin 5,195 votes.
After the declaration of results,The Trinamool had demanded recounting and the party had protested at district headquarters many times.