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SC to hear plea by W.B State Election Commission against Calcutta HC order directing Central Forensic Laboratory to audit CCTV cameras

Lawstreet Journal 9 May 2022 6:53pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary SC to hear plea by W.B State Election Commission against Calcutta HC order directing Central Forensic Laboratory to audit CCTV cameras

SupremeCourt to hear plea by West Bengal State Election Commission against Calcutta High Court order directing Central Forensic Laboratory to audit CCTV cameras used during Contai Municipality election to ascertain whether there were instances of  violence and vote rigging

Court to WB SEC: You consented to audit.

Dwivedi, Sr. Adv: It was the counsel’s error milord. Somebody has to come to a prima facie finding that the footage has been tampered. Why forensic audit milord?

Court: It appears that there have been serious irregularities.

Dwivedi: No candidate or the elected have challenged the elections. It only pertains to 8 wards. The whole 82 wards I don’t understand.

Patwalia, Sr.Adv, for Somendhu Adhikari: The elections were held in three phases. They were conducted on the directions of the court.

Patwalia: There have been serious allegations of booth capturing, serious violence at the hands of the ruling government. We went to court asking for central paramilitary election, the HC in December,2021 told it was premature. The election took place.

Patwalia: The court on our prayer asks SEC to install cameras so that later on there can be audit. Court said cameras are there, we will see if there is a problem.

Patwalia: We went to the court 4 or 5 times. Our in charge of the party was detained for 1.5 hours in Contai. Journalists were assaulted. A minister’s son is seen threatening the voters. Out of 97 cameras 91 were destroyed!

Patwalia: EC says it is more or less fair/largely fair. They don't say its completely fair.

Court: What was the… Continue Reading...


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