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Birbhum Massacre | Calcutta HC Reserves Order, Takes On Record Case Diary

Lawstreet Journal 25 Mar 2022 11:47pm

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The Calcutta High Court on Thursday, 24 March, took the case diary submitted by state authorities on record and reserved the order in the suo motu case related to the Rampurhat violence that ensued in West Bengal's Birbhum district on Tuesday.

A high court bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj perused the case diary submitted by the state investigating authorities and said that they were returning the same.

"If we need it we will call for it," the chief justice told the advocate general, according to ANI.

WHAT DID THE PETITIONERS SAY?

During the hearing, the petitioners sought for the ongoing probe to be transferred to the CBI for purposes of an independent inquiry.

Further, they made the following submissions:

  • Despite the court's directions, no CCTV cameras have been installed by the state government at the crime scene.
  • The compensation package offered by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to the kin of the victims was an 'act of impersonation of victims,' carried out in a purported bid to suppress facts.
  • The prime suspect in the crime – a TMC Bloc president – has not been arrested yet by the police authorities.

Further, the petitioners said that the Additional Director General of Police (CID) Gyanbant Singh, who is heading the state-constituted SIT, had been served notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 2021 regarding a coal smuggling case and that he was repeatedly included in the state-constituted SITs in an alleged bid to influence ongoing investigations.

They also claimed that the victims who were currently in hospitals were being denied… Continue Reading...


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