Kolkata, Apr 25: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday asked the State Election Commission to accept the nominations of nine candidates who had sent their papers to the block development officer (BDO) through messaging app WhatsApp for the West Bengal panchayat elections. Along with the order, the high court rejected the petitions filed by BJP and Congress complaining about the West Bengal Panchayat poll nomination process. Also Read - 'Be Infected With Coronavirus': Lawyer Curses Calcutta High Court Judge After Unfavourable Verdict
According to a petitioner, Sharmistha Chowdhury, nine of the 11 candidates of the Polerhat II gram panchayat at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal filed their nominations using WhatsApp. The candidate used the messaging app as they were allegedly prevented from reaching the office designated by armed hooligans. Also Read - WhatsApp Limits Frequently Forwarding Messages to 1 Chat at a Time to Curb COVID-19 Misinformation
A single bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar directed the State Election Commission secretary to treat the nominations of the nine candidates as valid. Justice Talukdar pointed out that their nomination cannot be rejected by SEC on technical grounds. The judge said that the process of nomination scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations for Panchayat polls will carry on as it is. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Shares Fake WhatsApp Image of India on World Map, Gets Trolled
The state opposition parties on Monday moved the Calcutta High Court accusing the Trinamool of unleashing unprecedented terror on their party activists on the extended nomination day for the rural polls on Monday. The court disposed off the BJP’s appeal to further extend the nomination process over the alleged violence by the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress on the extended day for filing of nomination papers on Monday.
The court also disposed off the Congress’ petition that claimed the notification issued by the SEC for filling of fresh nomination was incomplete and faulty. It had on Friday ordered the SEC to make a fresh announcement extending the deadline for filing of nominations for the coming panchayat polls and finalise a new election schedule.