Calcutta High Court Grants Interim Protection to BJP Candidates Amid Election Controversy

The Calcutta High Court has provided interim protection to BJP Lok Sabha candidates Rekha Patra and Pranat Tudu. The candidates alleged false police cases were filed against them to hinder their presence during the vote-counting process. The court orders aim to ensure their participation in the electoral process without obstruction.

PTI | Kolkata | Updated: 03-06-2024 20:47 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 20:47 IST
Calcutta High Court Grants Interim Protection to BJP Candidates Amid Election Controversy
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In a significant development on Monday, the Calcutta High Court granted interim protection to BJP's Lok Sabha poll candidates Rekha Patra and Pranat Tudu amid allegations of politically motivated police cases against them. The candidates had approached the court, claiming the cases were falsely lodged to obstruct their presence during the crucial vote-counting process.

Justice Amrita Sinha directed that no action be taken against Rekha Patra, the BJP candidate from Basirhat, until July 5 concerning a case filed in North 24 Parganas district. The court plans to revisit her petition on June 19. Patra's lawyer, Billawadal Bhattacharya, argued that she was not present at the location of the alleged incident on June 1, the day the elections were held in Basirhat.

The court also ordered a stay on police actions against Pranat Tudu, the BJP candidate from Jhargram, until June 21. Tudu's lawyer claimed that his client's complaint about being attacked on May 25 was disregarded, while a complaint against him by a TMC member was promptly registered. The state's counsel opposed both petitions, contending the investigations are still in preliminary stages.

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