December 2, 2022

The bench directed the Bengal authorities to offer all logistic help to the panel (File)


The Calcutta High Court Friday directed the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to represent a committee for inspecting all circumstances of alleged human rights violations within the post-poll violence in West Bengal.

A five-judge bench of the excessive court docket heard a bunch of PILs alleging post-poll violence within the state.

The court docket directed that the committee will study all of the circumstances, the complaints of which have already been acquired by the NHRC or which can be acquired, and “may be by visiting the
affected areas” and submit a complete report back to it concerning the current scenario.

The committee would additionally recommend the steps to be taken to make sure confidence of the folks in order that they’ll peacefully stay of their homes and in addition stick with it their occupation or enterprise to earn livelihood, the bench stated.

“The persons prima facie responsible for crime and the officers who maintained calculated silence on the issue, be pointed out,” the bench ordered, instructing that the matter could be taken up for listening to once more on June 30.

The bench directed the state authorities to offer all logistic help to the committee wherever and every time they want to go to anyplace and to make sure there isn’t any obstruction of any form on this course of.

“Such obstruction will be viewed seriously, which may entail action under the Contempt of Courts Act besides others,” the bench stated in its order.

The court docket ordered that the Member Secretary of State Legal Services Authority shall be a member of the committee to be arrange by the chairperson of the NHRC and a consultant from the State Human Rights Commission, West Bengal be additionally related in it.

The bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar, noticed that in a case the place the allegation is that life and property of the residents of the state is in peril on account of alleged post-poll violence, the state can’t be allowed to proceed within the method it likes.

Noting that the complaints required rapid motion, the bench stated “somehow from the facts as are available on record and are sought to be projected by the petitioners, such an action is missing.”

“It is the duty of the state to maintain law and order in the state and inspire confidence in the residents of the state,” the bench noticed.

The bench stated that complaints with regard to post-poll violence acquired by the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority (WBSLSA) have been tabulated in six completely different classes.
The member secretary of WBSLSA additional talked about that in quite a few circumstances the complaints have been referred to the involved superintendent of police or the police stations however no response has been acquired.

Observing that the train of submitting of affidavit and counter affidavit will proceed, the bench stated “it may not lead us anywhere because the state from the very beginning had been denying everything.

“But the details as have been positioned on report by the petitioners and in addition as is clear little bit from the report dated June 3, 2021 filed by the Member Secretary of the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority, are completely different.”

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