FACT CHECK: No, Mamata Banerjee did not withdraw the petition contesting the result of the Assembly election for the Nandigram constituency
It has been more than a month since the results of the West Bengal Assembly elections were announced, but political tensions between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP opposition are far from over.
As West Bengal prepares for by-elections in some constituencies, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tabled a petition before the Calcutta High Court challenging the results of the legislative elections for the constituency of Nandigram, where she was beaten by TMC defector Suvendu Adhikari.
In the middle of this, a Facebook user had claims “Scared Mamata Banerjee had ordered the High Court’s petition challenging the results of the assembly election for Nandigram constituency to be withdrawn. “
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found this claim misleading. Chief Minister Banerjee did not withdraw the case.
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While investigating the claim, we first performed a keyword search on the said case and found that the original claim was filed on May 21.
However, the Chief Minister wrote a letter to the acting chief justice of the Calcutta High Court, Rajesh Brindal, on June 18, urging him not to bring the case before Judge Kaushik Chanda and to reassign the judiciary for the hearing of the petition. Banerjee had expressed his apprehension of bias on the part of Judge Chandra saying he was “an active member of the BJP”.
On June 24, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee appeared in court by teleconference. Following the hearing on the “reallocation of seat”, Judge Chanda, against whom the motion for disqualification was filed, a Reserve his order. The judge did not specify the date of the delivery of the verdict.
We did not find any media reports or notices on the Calcutta High Court website that the case has been withdrawn.
To further confirm this claim, we contacted Sanjay Basu, registered attorney for Mamata Banerjee.
Basu told India Today: “The claim is false. We are not going to withdraw the case and will continue with this case until the final verdict is reached. We are now awaiting a court order on our plea to reassign the bench. Following this order, the court would set the next hearing date for the original case. “
Therefore, we can conclude that this claim by Facebook is misleading. Mamata Banerjee did not withdraw the petition contesting the result of the parliamentary elections in the constituency of Nandigram.
ClaimScared Mamata Banerjee had ordered the High Court’s petition challenging the results of the parliamentary election for Nandigram constituency to be withdrawn. ConclusionMamata Banerjee had filed a petition with the Calcutta High Court on May 21 contesting the outcome of the Nandigram assembly election. Banerjee’s attorney, Sanjay Basu, has confirmed that the case is still pending and due process is ongoing.
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- 1 crow: half true
- 2 crows: mostly lies
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