WB Govt moves SC against CBI Probe on Post-Poll Violence

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Snehal Upadhyay –

Published on: September 2, 2021, at 11:39 IST

The West Bengal State Government appealled against the Supreme judgment given by a Constitutional Bench of Calcutta High Court to have the Central Beurue of Investigation (CBI) investigate the Rape and Murder allegations in repercussion of the Assembly Elections.

The State Government stated in its appeal that a Central Agency cannot probe properly there may be some influence and biases, as the investigation might turn into an avenue for political witch-hunting.

The Constitutional Bench of the Calcutta High Court agreed with the arguments given by the National Human Rights Commission report of July to direct CBI to take the case of alleged post-poll violence.

The Bench had decided that the probe would be reviewed by a retired Judge of the Apex Court.

The Bench remarked that “The heinous crime such as murder and rape deserve to be investigated by an independent agency which in circumstances can only be Central Bureau of Investigation. It is for this reason that in several cases, the State had failed to register the FIRs and opined the same to be not the cases of murder. This shows a pre-determined mind to take the investigation in a particular direction. Under such circumstances, investigation by independent agency will inspire confidence to all concerned.”

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