INDIA

TMC Moves Supreme Court Alleging ‘Large-Scale Violence’ During Tripura Civic Body Polls

Adv. Kapil Sibal said that in spite of the apex court’s order to provide unrestricted access to the media & CAPF, it was not implemented on ground

Mumbai: As Municipal elections continue in Tripura, The Trinamool Congress party on Friday moved the Supreme Court of India demanding an investigation by a court-appointed panel over the alleged “large-scale violence” during recent times.

Seeking an urgent listing of two applications filed by the TMC, Senior advocate Kapil Sibal told a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna that in spite of the apex court’s order on Thursday to provide unrestricted access to the media, it was not implemented on the ground.

“There was absolute mayhem there. Even candidates were not allowed to vote. There were violent incidents. Even media reports said that there was a violation of Supreme Court orders,” Sibal told the court.

The SC bench responded by reminding that the court had passed “a specific and detailed order” yesterday regarding the matter.

Sibal claimed, “I know but two battalions of CAPF were not provided. Two constables were also not provided to the contesting candidates. We have electronic media evidence with us. Kindly list these applications urgently.”

Saying that the case is been heard by a different combination of judges, Justice Chandrachud observed, “Let’s see what can be done.”

The TMC counsel stressed that despite tomorrow being Saturday, the SC could take up the case.

Chandrachud responded by saying that “there is an official function on Saturday but he will talk to brother (Justice Bopanna) during lunchtime and discuss what could be done”.

The Supreme court on Thursday has directed MHA to provide two additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces to ensure free and fair civic polls in Tripura. The CAPF will remain deployed till the counting of votes on November 28, the court added.

The TMC and CPI (M) had earlier alleged that their supporters and candidates were allegedly prevented from casting their ballots, adding that there was “a serious breach of law and order”.

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