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

The courtroom additionally refused a prayer of the state for provide of a duplicate of the Annexure-I to the report. (File)


The Calcutta High Court on Thursday gave the West Bengal authorities a “last opportunity” 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 individuals had been subjected to assault, made to flee houses 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, paying attention 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), stated that on the final date of listening to time was granted, however no affidavit was filed.

“Last opportunity is granted to file affidavit, if any, on or before July 26, 2021,” the bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, stated.

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

“We do not find that there is any requirement to supply the same as it contains the name of the victims of sexual violence. Entire report shall be supplied to the investigating officer/agency, which will investigate the matter,” the courtroom stated.

In an indictment of the Mamata Banerjee authorities, the NHRC inquiry committee report had stated the state of affairs 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 courtroom on July 13, really helpful that investigation in grievous offences like homicide and rape be handed over to the CBI, and these instances ought to be tried outdoors the state.

Appearing for one of many respondents, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed there have been irregularities within the NHRC report and that it contained allegations 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 state of affairs in West Bengal.

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

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

Criticising the NHRC observations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had accused the BJP-led authorities on the Centre of “using impartial agencies to settle political scores” and “malign” the state.

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