Calcutta High Court, on Thursday, ordered a Court-monitored CBI probe into murders and crimes against women in Bengal that is alleged to have taken place after the results of the recently concluded Assembly Election were announced. The other cases related to post-poll violence will be probed by SIT and the progress by the Special Investigation Team will also be monitored by the court. The court also directed both the teams to submit their report within six weeks.
The order by a five-judge bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar is set to be a big setback for the Mamata led TMC government. The lead judgement was delivered by Justice Rajesh Bindal whereas Justice IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon and Soumen Sen delivered separate but concurring judgments.
Welcoming the court’s order, the BJP lashed out at the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Senior BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition, Suvendu Adhikari said that the Judiciary is one of the most formidable pillars of the constitution and democracy and the verdict by the hon’ble court is a testimony to this. Adhikari also said “The current dispensation has made Bengal a laboratory for political violence. The country has never seen such a scale of political violence since Independence.”
Joining the attack, Dilip Ghosh, the state president of BJP said the verdict is a moral victory for the victims of the post-poll violence, including mothers and sisters who have been oppressed by the TMC and the Bengal government. Welcoming the court’s order, Ghosh further added “The HC order today for CBI probe into post-poll violence in Bengal is a victory of the Constitution.”
As per reports, more than 25 CBI officers will work on the case and they will be visiting the violence-affected areas across Bengal. Sources seem to suggest that TMC is planning to approach the Apex Court challenging the order. Expressing his unhappiness, Saugata Roy said “I am unhappy with the verdict. If in every law and order matter, which falls under the state’s jurisdiction, the CBI comes, it is without a doubt a transgression of the state’s right. I am sure the Bengal government will assess the situation and will take a decision to move to a higher court.”
The court earlier directed the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a preliminary inquiry. Last month, the court, in its strongest remarks so far, told the state government that it was in a denial mode and NHRC’s interim report suggested enough evidence to establish the post poll violence.
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