West Tripura LS Seat: HC issues notice to ECI, next hearing on May 21

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, May 18 2019: High Court of Tripura has issued a show cause notice to Election Commission of Indi (ECI) asking it to reply on a writ petition filed by the outgoing MP Sankar Prasad Datta seeking fresh election in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.

In the plea, the outgoing MP had Supreme Court's intervention to order fresh election in West Tripura Lok Sabha election but Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the petitioner to knock the door of High Court.

After direction from the SC, Mr. Datta has filed a fresh petitioner in the High Court on the same plea. After hearing the case, Justice Arindam Lodh on Friday issued a show cause notice to ECI asking his reply on the writ petition seeking full voting in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency on May 20.

But Shaktimoy Chakraborty, who represented the ECI told the court that he did not study the petition thoroughly and the poll panel would submit a 'counter reply' in repose to the original writ petition.

Justice Lodh granted the ECI counsel’s request and fixed May 21 as the next date for haring of the case.

Mr. Datta, in his writ petition had claimed that fresh election in West Tripura Lok Sabha election is a need as around 50 percent voters could not cast their vote on April 11 due to large scale rigging, booth capturing and intimidation.

"The ECI had ordered repoll in 168 booths of the Parliamentary constituency based on the special observer's recommendation overruling the Returning Officer’s decision to re-poll in 400 plus booths", he stated in the plea.

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