The Top Court, while hearing an appeal on post-poll violence in West Bengal, instructed the Centre, the state government and the Election Commission of India to submit their reply in four weeks.
The Apex Court on Thursday furnished the decree while hearing an appeal that sought probe by the Special Investigation Teams (SIT) into the savagery that initiated in West Bengal after assembly poll results were decided.
In the fresh appeal, the petitioner asserted that “thousands of Hindus were assaulted by Muslims as revenge for supporting the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party]”.
The appeal claimed, “Thousands of residents of West Bengal are being victimised, penalised and tortured by the workers of the Trinamool Congress [TMC] for supporting the opponent political party, Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], during the general elections of the state assembly occurred in April 2021 of which aftermath was announced on 2.05.2021 [May 2, 2021].”
Multiple petitions are already being heard on the subject of post-poll violence in West Bengal.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE CASE SO FAR
West Bengal observed random incidents of political brutality after the results of the assembly polls were decided. The ruling TMC and the BJP have been blaming each other for assaulting their workers.
Before , a bunch appeal was documented accusing post-poll violence in the state, following which the Calcutta High Court had instructed the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC) to form a committee to examine all cases of supposed human rights infringements in incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal.
Afterwards, the West Bengal government had approached the court seeking the recall of a decree passed earlier in respect of a bunch of PILs that was lodged asserting deracination of people, physical attacks, damaging of property and ransacking of offices owing to post-poll violence, news agency PTI reported.
Noticing that the Bengal government’s advance in matters related to post-poll violence did not inspire confidence, the Calcutta High Court on Monday declined the dispensation’s prayer for recall of an order that instructed the NHRC chairperson to form a board to examine cases of supposed human rights violations.
Currently, the NHRC committee, which was formed on the command of the Calcutta High Court, would receive representations from complainants starting Sunday, an official said.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has urged the central government, the West Bengal government and the Election Commission to lodge a reply before the court in four weeks.