Kolkata High Court upholds NHRC report on post poll violance in West Bengal

Calcutta High Court
Calcutta High Court

The political turmoil in West Bengal began with the recommendation of the National Human Rights Commission in the post-poll violence case. Trinamool complained of bias reporting by NHRC. But on Thursday, the Calcutta High Court complied with the commission’s recommendation and ordered an inquiry under ex-justice of supreme court. The court observed that after examining all the information, it could be said that the commission’s investigation report did not violate ‘impartiality’. They only filed complaints. This verdict is in his context.

The commission prepared a report on the post-poll violence in the state. In that report, they recommended a CBI investigation into the murder and rape case. It was also mentioned that a special investigation team would be formed in case of vandalism, arson and beating. The court’s verdict on Thursday virtually upheld the commission’s recommendation in most of the aspects.

The court has formed a seat comprising three IPS officers Sumanbala Sahu, Soumen Sen and Ranbir Kumar. The investigation will be overseen by a retired Supreme Court judge. The CBI and SIT have been directed to submit their investigation reports to the court within six weeks.

However, in this case, the court has given special powers to the seat. The directive states that the state cannot take any action against the investigating officers of the seat without the permission of the court. In other words, the state will not be able to transfer or appoint those officers during the investigation. If you want to do that, you have to take the permission of the court.

They have even been asked to relieve them of all other workloads during the investigation. The directive clearly states that the state should provide appropriate assistance to the CBI and SIT in the interest of investigation. All in all, the High Court’s verdict is quite uncomfortable for the state.

Professor Sougata Roy,MP expressed his dissatisfaction over the order said state have option to move to Apex court for review of the order. But this order is a set back for Government of West Bengal and brings fresh blood in state BJP supporters.

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