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Tripura HC orders investigation against DM for storming and raiding marriage functions [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 10 May 2021 10:48pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Tripura HC orders investigation against DM for storming and raiding marriage functions [READ ORDER]

The Tripura High Court after hearing a group of petitions in connection with an incident on the night of 26th April 2021 in which the District Magistrate of West Tripura allegedly stormed in and raided marriage functions on the pretext that happening in violation of Covid-19 lockdown guidelines.

The video of the incident has been widely circulated on the internet and is the basis of one of the petitions which are modelled as a Public Interest Litigation. Other petitions were also filed, one by the priest who was to perform the marriage ceremony and the other by the father of the bride.

The matter was heard by a bench comprising of Justices Akil Kureshi and S.G. Chattopadhyay.

In an earlier hearing of the matter the court had called for additional documents and material and an enquiry into the incident. The court during that hearing also requested the state to transfer the District Magistrate out of the district to ensure a fair enquiry.

Replying to the request of the court the Advocate General submitted that the District Magistrate is on leave with permission to go out of the district and that this will be sufficient to satisfy the purpose of the request. But the court was unsatisfied by the stopgap arrangement and ordered the state to transfer the officer out of the District.

The Advocate General also submitted before the court the copies of all the cases filed in the incident and reports on their progress. It was argued that even though the reports show a… Continue Reading...

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