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Ranaghat SDO Court Kept Closed For Civic Polls

2015-04-24 19:50


Ranaghat, April 24: A controversy cropped up in Ranaghat on Friday after the sub divisional executive magistrate’s court in town kept closed by the administration for ‘election purpose’. 

The Ranaghat Bar Association has alleged that SDO Ranaghat Rajarshi Mitra went beyond his jurisdiction to keep the court locked., which is quite unprecedented. 

A sub divisional executive magistrate’s court is a quasi civil court in nature which in other term is largely a Cr PC (code of criminal procedure) guided court.

At around 80 cases under different sections of Cr PC are heard every day including the new filed cases. 

Bar secretary advocate Milan Sarkar said: “An executive magistrate court mandatorily runs by Court Rules Order (CRO). SDO has no power to keep the court lock for any reason whatsover without concurrence of the state government, which can only closed the court only through a notification under relevant section of NI act. Today’s incident is an unprecedented one. The SDO did no furnish any reason to or not at all informed the Bar either. The litigants were harassed largely”.

“There was no magistrate and the bench clerk. We came to know that the bench clerk were deputed to the election related duties on Friday. We went to meet the sdo at his office, but his office too was found locked. We later contacted him over phone, but he was adamant and claimed nothing illegal was done”, allege Sarkar.

SDO Rajarshi Mitra said: “The court was not locked, it was adjourned. It was opened but no work could be done as magistrate came and the officials were busy in election duties. This court falls under the administrative control of the state government and all the officials were deputed on conducting the poll, which is a government job. So nothing illegal was done. There is provision in the law to adjourn the court in such circumstances”.

But, the lawyers have rebuked to SDO’s demand. Pranay Ghosh: “SDO has limitations of knowledge on law and about his jurisdiction”

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