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WEST BENGAL

EC writes to Karat

Sunday 9 April 2006, by VENKATESAN*J.

West Bengal Minister made a "threatening statement" against EC officials

Commission also plans separate action against the party and the State Government It had decided to lodge a criminal case against Chakraborty Says no need to wait for the party’s explanation before initiating action

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Saturday informed Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat that it would take action against West Bengal Transport Minister Subash Chakraborty for his reported "threatening statement" made in the first week of March against the Commission officials.

The Commission, in a letter, said it also proposed to take separate action against his party and the West Bengal Government on the issue.

On April 5, Mr. Karat wrote to the Commission, taking exception to its proposed action without waiting for his response.

The Commission said it was viewing the Minister’s statement from three angles - Mr. Chakraborty as an individual, a party functionary and a "responsible Minister."

Sources said the Commission had decided to lodge a criminal case against Mr. Chakraborty, besides seeking an explanation from the party and the State Government.

The Commission said all the three actions were to be taken independently of each other.

"Considering all the above, there was no question of waiting for the explanation of your party before initiating action," the letter said.

Mr. Karat’s and the State Government’s explanations were being considered by the Commission separately, the letter said.

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