The Calcutta High Court has ordered a CBI investigation into the post-poll violence in West Bengal.
The CBI will investigate charges of murder and rape in West Bengal following the election. The remaining charges will be investigated by a separate SIT made up of senior officials from the West Bengal cadre.
The Calcutta high court on Thursday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into claims of post-poll violence in West Bengal, which is a big setback for Mamata Banerjee’s government.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had already convened a seven-member committee to investigate the violence that erupted during the West Bengal assembly elections, recommending a court-supervised CBI investigation.
The CBI will look into the murder and rape charges that surfaced shortly after the TMC’s landslide victory over the BJP in these elections. According to media reports, the Calcutta high court also ordered the formation of a separate Special Investigation Team (SIT) with senior officers from the West Bengal cadre to investigate the NHRC committee’s other charges. IPS officers Soumet Mitra, Suman Bala Sahoo, and Ranbir Kumar, would be part of the SIT. The hearings will be overseen by a retired Supreme Court judge, according to the Calcutta high court, and a specific order will be released later.
The West Bengal government should hand over all case records to the CBI for inquiry. The court further stated that the investigation will be court-monitored and that any obstruction during the investigation by anyone will be viewed seriously.