The BJP said it was forced to approach the apex court as the Calcutta High Court lawyers are on strike since February19.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Friday a writ petition filed by the West Bengal BJP unit’s plea for a direction to deploy central forces, adequate police protection to its candidates.
The party also wanted a direction to the state election commission that the nomination process for the Panchayat elections should not be closed till its candidates submit the same without any fear.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on Thursday agreed to take up the matter for urgent hearing after advocate Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for BJP pleaded that the matter needed to be listed early as nomination process ends on April 9
In its petition the BJP alleged that the Block Development Officers who have been appointed as Assistant Panchayat Electoral Registration Officers by the West Bengal State Election Commission were refusing to give the nomination papers to its candidates, and several of its partyleaders.