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HC dismisses BCC plea

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KOLKATA, April 25

A DIVISION Bench of the Calcutta High Court has dismissed the application of Bharat Chamber of Commerce against the composition of a Bench for hearing the electricity tariff issue.

In the application, BCC alleged that both the judges had been working with the briefs of CESC Ltd when they had been in Bar, so this court morally cannot adjudicate the issue as the element of bias was likely to enter therein.

The division bench dismissed the application on the ground that the matter had been assigned by the Chief Justice and hence there was no embargo on hearing the matter.

The arguments resumed when CESC started showing flaws in the recommendation of the West Bengal State Electricity Regulatory Commission. The court expressed the view that BCC should have raised the issue earlier and at this concluding stage such application had no legal force.

It may be recalled that CESC had filed the appeal against the recommendation of the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission regarding revised tariffs.

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