Supreme Court dismissed the filed by BJP leaders against the Calcutta High Court for directing the State Election Commissioner to examine the ground situation in each of the 108 West Bengal municipalities going to polls on February 27, and take a decision on deployment of central paramilitary forces.
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the order of the Calcutta High Court staying criminal proceedings initiated against West Bengal Leader of the Opposition and BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari. The Apex Court stated that no coercive action be taken against him and that he cannot be arrested in either existing or future cases without the High Court nod.
A Calcutta High Court bench comprising observed that it is the duty of the Court to protect the Constitution and its values and the principles of democracy, which has been held to be a basic structure of the Constitution.
Immediately after the elections, though, it supposedly realized that holding bye-elections in a pandemic may be dangerous and dithered, putting Mamata’s re-election at risk. Immense pressure was put on the EC and it finally relented.