Violence in Bengal after assembly elections calcutta high court reprimands mamata government Violence in Bengal after assembly elections Calcutta HC reprimands Mamata government

Violence in Bengal after assembly elections calcutta high court reprimands mamata government Violence in Bengal after assembly elections Calcutta HC reprimands Mamata government

Highlights:

  • Calcutta High Court reprimands Mamata Banerjee government
  • Questions raised on the apathy of the state government after the violence in Bengal
  • Asks Mamta government to focus on rehabilitation of displaced people

Kolkata
The Calcutta High Court on Saturday strongly reprimanded the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee government. The court observed that the state has not taken any concrete steps to address the complaints related to the post-poll violence. Earlier recently, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleging that the state government has remained passive and indifferent to the sufferings of the people due to the post-poll violence.

The High Court said, in a case where it is alleged that the life and property of the residents of the State are in danger due to the alleged post-election violence, the State cannot be allowed to proceed as per its choice. Complaints need immediate action. It is the duty of the state to maintain law and order and to instill confidence among the residents of the state. The five-judge bench made the remarks while hearing petitions alleging that hundreds of people have been displaced due to violence and are now unable to return to their homes for fear of possible backlash. It has also said that though action should have been taken by the State, apparently no concrete steps have been taken despite the matter being pending in the Court.

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‘Government should take necessary steps for rehabilitation’
A five-judge bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal reminded the West Bengal government that it is their duty to maintain law and order in the state and instil confidence among the people. The bench also included Justices IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar. The court asked the state to ensure that there are no obstacles in the process. “Such obstruction shall be viewed seriously, which may, among other things, invite action under the Contempt of Court Act,” the order said. The court also directed the State Legal Services Authority to look into the complaints of displaced persons who are being prevented from returning to their homes. The court also asked to take necessary steps for their rehabilitation.

Complaints of displaced people will be investigated after violence
The court ordered the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to constitute a committee to inquire into complaints filed by people displaced during the post-poll violence in West Bengal. Earlier, the High Court had constituted a committee consisting of nominated members from NHRC, SHRC and SLSA to coordinate the rehabilitation of displaced persons of Entley constituency. The committee will examine all the cases and may visit the affected areas and submit a comprehensive report to the court about the current situation. The committee will also look into whether the confidence has been ensured among the people that they can live peacefully in their homes and whether they can also carry on their business easily to earn their livelihood.

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Hearing will be held again on June 30
The court said, the persons prima facie responsible for the offense and the officials who have maintained a deliberate silence on the issue be pointed out. The matter will be heard again on June 30. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar recently wrote a stern letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, criticizing her silence on post-poll vengeful bloodshed, human rights violations, degrading attacks on the dignity of women and destruction of property. There has been a lot of criticism from the state government regarding this letter.

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