Bengal: HC establishes a bench of 5 judges to listen to the PIL on post-election violence | India News
A house looted in political clashes in West Bengal (ANI)
CALCUTTA: On Friday, the Calcutta High Court formed a bench of five judges to hear a PIL on the post-election violence in Bengal and asked the state government to submit a report “specifying the areas where the violence has taken place and the measures taken to prevent or control that. ”
The HC wanted to know “the most recent state of the law and order situation in the state” when it would hear the matter again next Monday.
One of the two PILs also raised the issue of posting fake images on social media to encourage communal unrest. Advocate for petitioner Anindya Sundar Das, Uday Shankar Chatterjee, argued that post-election violence was not new in Bengal, but that this time there was an attempt to instigate communal unrest.
The court considered that it was necessary “to constitute a larger court … taking into account that the life and liberty of the people in Bengal” were at stake.
The five-member bench is made up of Interim Court President Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar. The state’s attorney general, Kishore Dutta, opposed the request, saying that a new government had taken over just two days ago and had already taken various steps to stop the violence. Dutta then requested a postponement to file an affidavit from the state secretary of the interior.
Additional State Attorney General YJ Dastoor, who also represented the Center, opposed the petition, claiming it could not be upheld. He also questioned allegations of instigating communal disturbances.
The state government has blamed the situation on the ill-thought-out transfers of senior police officers and their replacement by “incompetent officers” by the Election Commission. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday a compensation of 2 lakh rupees for the relatives of the 16 people who died in recent days.
The event at the court coincided with the visit of a four-member team from the Union Ministry of the Interior to Bengal “to assess the situation on the ground” following the announcement of the survey results on 2 May.