West Bengal: Nandigram hearing deferred till June 24 as TMC demands change of Justice
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Kolkata: Hearing of Nandigram poll results in Calcutta High Court on Friday got deferred till June 24. Notably, on Thursday evening West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had moved the court challenging the electoral results of Nandigram seat in the recently concluded Assembly polls.

Meanwhile, TMC wanted change of the Justice as the same person Kaushik Chanda was seen attending a program of BJP IT cell year back. Sharing a photo of Kaushik Chanda with BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek o’ Brien stated that the TMC wants to change the Justice as he fears that the verdict will be biased.

Stating that Kaushik Chanda has no affiliation with the saffron camp, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh stated, "He attended the BJP’s program as a lawyer, but after taking oath as a Justice he will not be partial".

“The TMC has expressed its willingness to change the Justice. They want everything according to their own will. The Justice has nothing to do with BJP, as a lawyer he attended some of our programs. Saffron camp’s lawyers are also seeing the recounting matter and the BJP can also move the Supreme Court for recounting”, stated Ghosh.

Incidentally, a section of lawyers in Calcutta High Court on Friday was also seen protesting outside the court with placards in hand that they wanted a change in Justice for hearing the matter.

“No one is questioning the credibility of Justice Kaushik Chanda but since he was associated with a particular party, the verdict can be partial. There are 34 Justice present in the court and the case should get transferred immediately”, stated a lawyer.

However, lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya stated that no one can question the credibility of a lawyer. “The claim of shifting justice is not proper. The Justice can never be partial and everyone is hopeful that even Justice Kaushik Chanda will give the correct verdict as he is a capable person”, mentioned the Bikash.

It can be recalled that soon after the poll results were announced on May 2, hinting towards moving the court, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had claimed that she firmly believed that there was misappropriation in the counting. Because despite announcing her as the winner the results got changed and BJP candidate Suvendu was declared as the Nandiram MLA, defeating her by 1965 votes.

Moreover, apart from Nandigram, TMC candidates from Bongaon (south), Moyna, Balarampur and Goghat also filed case in Calcutta High Court demanding recounting from those seats as they also believe that the BJP used unscrupulous means to win those seats as well.

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