p style="text-align: justify;">Calcutta HC directs Election Commission of India (ECI) to preserve all documents, equipment, election papers and video recordings related to election. The court also issued notice to the respondent (Suvendu Adhikari), ECI and Returning Officer.
"There is no defect in the election petition as provided in 86(1) of the Public Act 1951," It is said.
Justice Kaushik Chanda recused himself from hearing in this case on 7 July. Justice Chanda imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Mamata Banerjee for demanding her removal from the case.
Banerjee’s petition, seeking to recuse from the hearing of Justice Chanda, claimed that he was an active member of the BJP until he was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2015 and since the election of a BJP candidate was challenged. Therefore, there is a possibility of bias in the decision.
Shubhendu Adhikari VS Mamata Banerjee
In the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections, the Election Commission declared Adhikari the winner of the closely contested seat. He won by a margin of 1,956 votes.
After her defeat for the seat, Banerjee alleged that the returning officer said she was threatened against recounting of votes. The CM of West Bengal had said, "I got an SMS from someone in which the returning officer of Nandigram has written to someone that if he allows the counting of votes again, his life will be in danger."
Despite the Chief Minister losing his seat, TMC emerged victorious in the elections. Banerjee’s party won 213 seats in the 296-member state assembly. BJP became the second largest party in the state with 77 seats.
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