Now, HC goes against its order, says CEO should not conduct college polls

The Calcutta High Court today held that the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal is not the appropriate authority to conduct student union elections in colleges.

Last year the high court had directed the CEO to conduct elections in colleges for the formation of student unions, following which the CEO approached the high court for revision of the order.

Hearing the plea on the issue of student polls to be held at Raj College in Jhargram, the division bench headed by acting Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta said that the CEO could not hold election in the college according to the legal provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

The court also deferred the Raj College poll, which was scheduled on October 13. Tension has been brewing in the college since September 23, when the principal was harassed in the premises by students on the issue of the students' union. The division bench said that the vice-chancellor and principal of the college will discuss and fix the date of polling after the puja.

The bench also appointed the SDO of Jhargram as a special officer of the high court to administer the poll. The SP of Jhargram will see to the law and order situation at the college. No outsider will be allowed to enter the college premises during the election and no victory rally will be held after the results are declared, the division bench said.

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