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Kolkata: A division bench of the Calcutta High Court today refused to entertain an appeal by the Trinamool for expediting the hearing into the case pertaining to Panchayat polls.

In response to a petition by the Left Front over alleged violence by Trinamool, justice Subrata Talukdar of the High Court had yesterday ordered a stay on the Panchayat poll process and said that the next hearing will be on 16 April.

Challenging this, Trinamool lawyer Kalyan Banerjee today moved a petition before a division bench pleading for advancing the hearing. But the judges Biswanath Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee refused to entertain the plea as Banerjee did not move the appeal in writing.

The division bench asked the Trinamool lawyer to file a petition adhering to the due procedures. It also said that since the single-judge bench had yesterday given some directives to the State Election Commission (SEC) as regards the Panchayat poll, SEC should also be made a party in the appeal for speedy hearing.

The division bench has fixed 16 April for hearing the appeal. Justice Talukdar’s court will hear the previous case on the same day and the outcome of this will decide the fate of the Panchayat polls in Bengal.

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