Calcutta, Aug. 22: Calcutta High Court today directed the state co-operative election commission to hold polls to a bank headed by Subhendu Adhikari within two months of lifting a panel-imposed embargo, the order coming on a plea by the Trinamul MP.
The court did not set any timeframe for lifting the embargo.
Adhikari, who heads the Contai Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank Limited, had submitted a writ petition in the court seeking lifting of the embargo, imposed in view of last month’s panchayat polls. The embargo is on all co-operative societies in the state.
The commission, a statutory body under the co-operation department, had issued the embargo citing lack of manpower and security personnel because of the rural polls.
Commission counsel Srijan Nayek told the court: “My client will soon lift the embargo and the dates of the elections will be announced.”
Justice Saumitra Pal replied: “Okay. Then hold the election of the co-operative body within two months of lifting the embargo.”
The delegates of the Adhikari-headed bank will have to be elected within two months of lifting of the embargo. The delegates represent the ordinary members. The election to the post of chairperson will have to be held within two months of the first election.
A government official said the administration was “apparently in no mood to hold elections to co-operative societies at the moment”.