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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has failed to conclude the hearing into the alleged Trinamool-sponsored violence in the Panchayat poll nomination phase and irregularities on the part of the State Election Commission.

In view of this, the stay on the Panchayat poll process has been extended further, making it very uncertain that the elections will take place from 1-5 May as was notified by the SEC. Justice Subrata Talukdar, who is dealing with the case, will hear the case tomorrow as well.

Appearing for Trinamool, Kalyan Banerjee today questioned the jurisdiction of the court vis-a-vis intervening in the Panchayat poll process. He maintained that once an election has been notified, courts cannot intervene as the Constitution has assigned SEC the sole responsibility for holding a free and peaceful election.

This made justice Talukdar ask Banerjee to explain why courts cannot intervene in the poll process. The court was subsequently adjourned with the judge stating that the hearing will resume tomorrow.

Until then, the stay on the Panchayat poll process will continue. The hearing is likely to start at 10 am tomorrow.

Justice Talukdar had on 12 April ordered a stay on the Panchayat poll process following a petition by the opposition parties that Trinamool stopped their candidates from filing the nominations. Initially, the stay was till 16 April but the same has now been extended twice.

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