WB Panchayat Polls: SC stays Calcutta HC's order

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The West Bengal State Election Commission had moved the SC challenging the ruling of the Calcutta HC division bench that ordered the commission to treat nominations filed through electronic messaging as legitimate.

That is why it has given an order asking the poll panel to accept nominations filed via email, " he said, referring to the court's recent order asking SEC to accept nominations of hundreds of candidates sent via email. "The court will hear the plea at 2:00 pm today", said Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra.

Anticipating the move of the SEC, major state opposition, the CPI (M) and the BJP, have filed caveat before the top court saying that no ex-parte orders should be passed.

Dwivedi said that there is a procedure for further scrutiny of the nomination papers and objection raised by contesting candidates, but the High Court had directed the State Election Commission to straightway accept nominations filed through emails.

The SEC argued that the Calcutta High Court order violates its right to conduct the polls and decide on the process independently.

The court directed for the next hearing on 3 July.

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"Some candidates who have filled e-nominations are being threatened and attacked to withdraw their nominations", he said. Every candidate is required to file nomination papers in person, sign the nomination form, and submit the deposit fee.

The SEC has been getting rebuked by the court because of this, Vijayvargiya, the party's in-charge of West Bengal, told reporters here in the district.

We could not file nominations due to resistance by the State Election Commission.

The TMC fielded more nominations than the number of seats.

He said: "As a party, we (TMC) are ready as per the direction of the court and the decision taken by the SEC".

The petition arrays CPI (M) as respondents, besides the state government, the ruling Trinamool Congress, state panchayat secretary and others.

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