Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday (October 4) expressed their unhappiness with the casual attitude adopted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT ) in the post-poll violence cases in West Bengal.
The role of the state has once again come into question. The court expressed its dissatisfaction with the appointment process of other SIT officials.
The court observed, “Although the court-appointed three SIT officers, it is not clear how the other assistant officers were appointed.”
Furthermore, the court observed that even though it has been said that appointments have been made based on discussions with SIT officials, but there is no record of the minutes of that discussion.
Furthermore it was observed by the court that there was no discussion with
Justice Manjula Chellur, former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court who was appointed by the Court to head the SIT constituted.
Furthermore, some lawyers had been appointed by the state government to provide legal advice. But it was noted by the court that Justice Manjula Chellur had not been consulted with by the State government.
Acting Chief Justice observed further that the state government had not yet announced any compensation to the victims,” the public prosecutor could not tell the court how many people have been compensated.”
On the same day, the Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) submitted the report on the post-poll violence investigation in the state to the Calcutta High Court.
The CBI submitted to the division Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal that 40 FIRs had been registered by the CBI after investigation and that charge sheets had been filed in 7 cases, and arrests have also been made. CBI submitted that they are satisfied with the cooperation of the state in the investigation.
In August 2021 the Calcutta high court had ordered separate probes by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police into alleged post-poll violence in West Bengal this year.
A five-judge bench headed by acting chief justice Rajesh Bindal said the CBI will probe the serious allegations of rape and murder and a three-member SIT those of arson and loot, under the court’s supervision.
The high court also directed the Mamata Banerjee government to pay compensation to the victims of violence directly into their bank accounts after due verification.
The Calcutta High Courts judgment on post-poll violence cases took substantial recommendations from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report which was submitted to the court on July 13.
The court had instructed the NHRC to form a committee and probe the post-poll violence cases earlier.