Calcutta high court on Wednesday directed the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) to allow all parties and Independent candidates in north Bengal to use microphones for their campaign from April 9 between 10 am and 8 pm.
Chief justice JN Patel and justice Ashim Kumar Roy, however, refused to allow use of microphones in Darjeeling, where most English-medium schools are affiliated to ICSE or CBSE and hence their examinations would end on April 13.
The directive came on a PIL filed by Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy through advocates Saktinath Mukherjee and Rajdeep Majumdar, challenging the pollution board’s order of banning use of microphones till April 16 to avoid disturbance to students during examinations.
Moving the petition, Roy’s advocates told the court that the political parties had the democratic right to campaign for election by using microphones. The advocates also questioned the authority of WBPCB in issuing the ban.