West Bengal Post-Poll Violence: Court Orders Probe In Rape, Murder Cases

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West Bengal Post-Poll Violence: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the rape and murder cases reported during the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

The bench comprised of acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice IP Mukerji, Justice Harish Tandon, Justice Soumen Sen and Justice Subrata Talukdar. They have ordered an investigation into the case by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Further, the court has asked the state to hand over all the reports to CBI for the investigation. Along with this, the court also rejected the allegation made by the state on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of being biased.

The court said, “All cases as per the report of NHRC committee where allegations are about murder of person or crime against women regarding rape or attempt to rape shall be referred to CBI for investigation.”

It further added, “It shall be a court-monitored investigation and any obstruction in the course of investigation by anyone shall be viewed seriously.” The court also issued guidelines on which the probe would be conducted. The investigation would be monitored by the court itself and would be comprised of three IPS officers — Suman Bala Sahoo, Soumen Mitra and Ranvir Kumar. The probe will be monitored by a retired Supreme Court Judge.

The panel of judges noted that the Mamata Banerjee-led government had handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They also criticised the steps taken by the state government for allegedly failing to control the violence that erupted after its victory in the West Bengal Polls. TMC had bagged 213 seats out of 292 while BJP had won 77 seats.

After the probe, the case will be presented before the Division Bench which will also be looking at the NHRC committee report and other proceedings.

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