Mamata Banerjee vs Suvendu Adhikari: Why Mamata Banerjee Wants Judge Changed In Case Against Suvendu Adhikari
Mamata Banerjee has written to the Calcutta High Court to ask that her petition challenging the election of the BJP's Suvendu Adhikari from Bengal's Nandigram be re-assigned to a different court.
The case is currently assigned to Justice Kausik Chanda.
In a letter written on behalf of the Chief Minister by her advocate, and delivered to the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court on June 16, Ms Banerjee outlined two reasons for the request.
Justice Chanda was associated with the BJP in the past, Ms Banerjee's letter said, and therefore "reasonable apprehension of bias... in favour of the Respondent...", who is also from the BJP.
Ms Banerjee also said she "reasonably apprehends likelihood of bias" because in April she had objected to Justice Chanda's confirmation as a permanent judge at Calcutta High Court.
"... it will lead to a situation and perception whereby the Honourable Judge, in adjudicating the matter, may be said to be 'judge in his own cause'," the Chief Minister wrote.