Calcutta HC to hear Mamata Banerjee's plea against Nandigram result today
Kolkata/IBNS: The Calcutta High Court will Wednesday hear West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's plea challenging the poll results in Nandigram, where she has lost to rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Suvendu Adhikari.
A single-judge bench comprising Justice Shampa Sarkar will hear the plea. The hearing will begin at 2:30 pm.
This comes after Justice Kaushik Chanda recused himself from the case last week after Banerjee had sought his recusal over the "conflict of interest".
Justice Chanda, who was earlier associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was seen with various leaders of the party, to which Adhikari belongs.
However, the court had fined the Chief Minister Rs. five lakh for seeking the recusal.
Justice Chandra had said the penalty money of Rs 5 lakh will have to be deposited to the Calcutta High Court Bar Council Association account and it will be spent for the welfare of the members of the association affected by Covid-19.
Suvendu Adhikari | Image Credit: Suvendu Adhikari Twitter
After a close contest between the two heavyweights in the high profile Nandigram Assembly constituency, Banerjee lost to her confidante-turned opponent Adhikari by a margin of over 1,900 votes.
Banerjee had trailed Adhikari for 11 rounds but the trend changed in the next four, with margins ranging from six to 11,000. Adhikari gained in the final rounds and was declared winner.
The controversy erupted mainly after Banerjee was declared winner initially in media reports, but later, it was reported the counting was on and Adhikari was finally announced winner.