Sunday, September 19, 2021

Calcutta HC to pronounce its judgement in West Bengal post poll violence cases today

Calcutta High Court will pronounce its judgement today on a bunch of petitions seeking an impartial investigation into post-election violence in West Bengal. A five-judge bench presided over by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal will pronounce the judgement on the matter. The high court had earlier ordered an inquiry by NHRC to probe accusations of human rights violations during the post-poll violence. In its report, NHRC had indicted Mamata Banerjee government and recommended handing over the investigation in grievous crimes like rape and murder to the CBI. The NHRC had also said that the cases should be tried outside the state. The NHRC committee report said that other cases should be investigated by a court-monitored special investigation team (SIT) and for adjudication, there should be fast track courts, special public prosecutors and a witness protection scheme.

On August 3, hearing in the matter was concluded and the order was reserved by the bench, also comprising justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar. The PILs alleged that people were subjected to assault, made to flee homes and their properties were destroyed as a result of post-poll violence in West Bengal and sought an impartial probe into these and protection of life and liberty.

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