Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari has approached the Supreme Court praying that the election petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Calcutta High Court challenging Adhikari's election from Nandigram constituency in 2021 assembly elections, be transferred out of West Bengal. .Banerjee's election petition is currently being heard by Justice Shampa Sarkar of the Calcutta High Court, who had issued notice to Adhikari in the matter on Wednesday. .The matter was earlier heard by Justice Kausik Chanda who had recused from the matter on July 7 after Mamata Banerjee objected to him hearing the matter. In his plea before the Supreme Court, Adhikari has cited the observations by Justice Chanda in his July 7 order regarding attack on judiciary in the State, as a ground to seek transfer of the petition from Calcutta High Court. .Adhikari, who was a close aide of Banerjee before he joined the BJP in 2020, had defeated Banerjee in a closely contested race in the 2021 elections. The margin of victory was 1,956 votes.Banerjee had contested the Nandigram election results right after Adhikari's victory, proceeding to file an election petition before the High Court..The matter was then listed before Justice Kausik Chanda, who ultimately recused after Banerjee had objected to the same, citing the judge's past association with the BJP.Justice Chanda was an active member of the BJP before he became a judge of the Calcutta High Court. He had also served as Additional Solicitor General for the BJP government before he was elevated to the Bench.Banerjee had, therefore, written to the Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal seeking reassignment of the case.This was after the case was listed once on June 18 before Justice Chanda when the issue was not raised before him.The letter to the Acting CJ did not meet with any response, after which the Chief Minister filed an application on the judicial side before Justice Chanda seeking his recusal.Justice Chanda had eventually recused from the case after which it came to be assigned to Justice Sarkar.