“Last Opportunity”: Court To Bengal Government On Post-poll Violence Report

“Last Opportunity”: Court To Bengal Government On Post-poll Violence Report

The court docket additionally refused a prayer of the state for provide of a replica of the Annexure-I to the report. (File)


The Calcutta High Court on Thursday gave the West Bengal authorities a “final alternative” to file an affidavit stating its place on the NHRC report on post-poll violence within the state by July 26.

A five-judge bench listening to a clutch of PILs alleging that folks have been subjected to assault, made to flee properties and property was destroyed because of post-poll violence in Bengal, directed that the matter might be taken up for listening to once more on July 28.

The bench, being attentive to a request by the counsel for the state to grant additional time for submitting response to the report given by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), mentioned that on the final date of listening to time was granted, however no affidavit was filed.

“Last alternative is granted to file affidavit, if any, on or earlier than July 26, 2021,” the bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, mentioned.

It additionally refused a prayer of the state for provide of a replica of the Annexure-I to the report.

“We don’t discover that there’s any requirement to provide the identical because it accommodates the title of the victims of sexual violence. Entire report shall be equipped to the investigating officer/company, which is able to examine the matter,” the court docket mentioned.

In an indictment of the Mamata Banerjee authorities, the NHRC inquiry committee report had mentioned the scenario within the state is a manifestation of “Law of Ruler” as an alternative of “Rule of Law”.

The seven-member committee, which submitted its report earlier than the excessive court docket on July 13, really helpful that investigation in grievous offenses like homicide and rape be handed over to the CBI, and these instances must be tried outdoors the state.

Appearing for one of many senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed there have been irregularities within the NHRC report and that it contained of crime that preceded the date of declaration of West Bengal meeting election outcomes on May 2.

He additionally alleged that the report smacked of political consideration.

Representing one of many petitioners, senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani submitted that the NHRC report mirrored the true legislation and order scenario in West Bengal.

He urged the bench, presided by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, handy over investigation into heinous crimes like homicide and rape to an impartial investigating company for an neutral probe.

The NHRC, in its report, had additionally talked about “retributive violence” by supporters of the ruling social gathering towards these of the principle opposition social gathering.

Criticizing the NHRC observations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had accused the BJP-led authorities on the Center of “utilizing neutral companies to settle political scores” and “malign” the state.

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