BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has withdrawn his petition after the Supreme Court refused to transfer West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election petition from the Calcutta High Court.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari withdrew the petition filed in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of Mamata Banerjee’s election petition from the Calcutta High Court. (file image)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Suvendu Adhikari on Friday withdrew his petition in the Supreme Court seeking his transfer. Mamata Banerjee Manu He challenged the transfer of his election victory from Nandigram to any High Court other than the Calcutta High Court.
A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and Hima Kohli said, “Let the High Court have jurisdiction over the matter. Let it hear the case. No one can be allowed to choose the High Courts.”
“If we transfer, we show no confidence in the entire High Court. Let the High Courts control their cases. We should not send a message that we have no faith in the High Courts,” Justice TY Chandrachud told senior advocate Harish Salve.
Advocate Salve, appearing for the AIADMK, said, “There is a tense atmosphere. If the judges pass an order adverse to the tenure, look what happens to that judge, there is an FIR against the judge.”
Then, the bench said, “We will not look into anything now. Then it will be accepted that there is no favorable environment. Let the investigation begin. If the witnesses show apprehension, you bring it to the notice of the court.”
Accepting the bench’s recommendation, Salve withdrew the petition saying that if there is any requirement regarding the proper conduct of the election petition, he can seek relief before the High Court judge presiding over the hearing of the election petition.
AIADMK’s petition was filed considering the developments in Mamata Banerjee’s petition in the Calcutta High Court. The High Court issued a notice in an election petition challenging the BJP leader’s victory in Nandigram.
A single-judge bench of the high court, comprising Justice Chamba Sarkar, took up the petition after Justice Kaushik Chanda had to recuse himself from hearing it on a plea filed by Banerjee seeking his resignation.
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