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Deploy two Additional Companies of CAPF: Supreme Court to MHA

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Chaini Parwani –

Published On: November 25, 2021 at 17:50 IST

The Supreme Court directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to deploy two Additional Companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in Tripura rapidly.

To guarantee fair Elections, the Supreme Court issued Notices to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Director General of Police (DGP) and Home Secretary to ensure that every polling booth is staffed by efficient strength of CAPF personnel.

Further the Court stated “We also order and direct that in the absence of CCTV cameras, both electronic and print media should be given unhindered access for complete coverage of the polling process.”

Earlier, the Supreme Court had denied the Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) Petition to adjourn the Municipal Elections and termed it an “extreme recourse”.

A Bench comprising of Justices DY Chandrachud and Vikram Nath stated“Postponing election is a matter of last and extreme recourse. It is our considered view that short of postponing of elections, the apprehensions which have been expressed on behalf of the petitioners by the counsels can be suitably addressed by issuing peremptory directions to the State of Tripura, so as to ensure that the remaining phases of the Municipal elections take place in peaceful and orderly manner.”

The Petition was filed to seek contempt action against the Tripura Government and other officials for failing to curtail violent incidents against opposition parties in the run up to the upcoming Municipal polls.