Calcutta HC adjourns Nandigram vote-counting case to Dec 1

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Calcutta High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing for Nandigram vote-counting case to December 1.
In this matter, the Court asked the BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari to file a written response by November 29. The results of the state assembly polls were released on May 2.
On July 13, after Justice Kausik Chanda recused himself from the hearing of the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over Nandigram poll results, the matter has been allotted to the Bench of Justice Sampa Sarkar of Calcutta High Court.

On July 7, the Calcutta High Court imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for putting the judiciary in a bad light.
The Calcutta High Court’s single bench led by Justice Kausik Chanda had passed the order while hearing Mamata Banerjee’s election petition challenging Adhikari’s victory from the Nandigram Constituency in the recently held state assembly polls.
At the outset of the argument, Justice Chanda refused to withdraw the case but later changed his decision to say that he was recused from the case.
The West Bengal Chief Minister had earlier moved an application to change the judge in the case and alleged that Justice Chanda has connections with the BJP.
The Election Commission had declared BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari the winner in the fiercely contested election for the Nandigram constituency. After her defeat in Nandigram, Banerjee alleged that the Returning Officer of the Assembly seat had said he was threatened against recounting of votes.
Despite Banerjee losing the seat to Adhikari, who was once her close aide, the TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. While the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
The TMC even wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal seeking “immediate re-counting of votes and postal ballots” in the Nandigram constituency, but recounting was refused for reasons unknown.

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