Kolkata: CPI-M seems to be in no mood to accept defeat in its challenge to Firhad Hakim’s anointment as the Mayor of Kolkata.
After single judge quashed its plea against the election of Hakim, CPI-M today moved a division bench of the Calcutta High Court challenging the order.
The party’s councillor at Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Bilkis Begum, has moved the appeal to division bench as she was the one who had filed the petition before a single judge in November last year.
The challenge petition will be dealt with by the division bench of Chief Justice Biswanath Samaddar and justice Arindam Mukherjee.
CPI-M’s plea is that the amendment that Mamata government carried out to KMC Act, 1980, paving way for non-councillor Hakim to become Mayor, is unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, a by-election was conducted in KMC Ward 82 on Sunday (6 January) wherein Mayor Hakim was a contestant. The votes will be counted on 9 January, Wednesday.