Bengal post-poll violence: CBI, SIT submit investigation progress reports to Calcutta High Court – India Today

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the court-monitored Special Investigation Team(SIT) of the West Bengal Police on Monday submitted status reports to the Calcutta High Court in the ongoing post-poll violence investigation.

The reports were submitted in sealed covers before a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj.

The next date of hearing in the post-poll violence matter in the Calcutta High Court is on November 8.

Court On SIT Probe

The court observed that the state portrayed a callous attitude in not being able to furnish details of compensation given to the post-poll violence victims, which was to be given immediately, soon after the judgement was pronounced on August 19.

“One of the directions issued by this court was for immediate action by the state to pay compensation to the victims of crime as per the policy of the state,” reads the order.

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A five-judge bench presided by the acting chief justice had on August 19 ordered a CBI investigation into cases of alleged murder and crimes against women, including rape and attempt to rape, in the aftermath of the assembly elections earlier this year.

Passing a judgement in the PILs seeking an independent probe into alleged violence following the assembly elections, the court had also ordered the constitution of an SIT, comprising three IPS officers of the West Bengal cadre, for monitoring the investigation in all other cases.

The bench had also ordered the West Bengal government to pay compensation to the victims of crime as per the policy of the state, after due verification, and directed that the amount be directly transferred to their bank accounts.

State Cooperating In CBI Probe

Additional Solicitor General YJ Dastoor apprised the court that the investigation is being carried out in a smooth manner and that the state is providing assistance when required.

As many as 49 FIRs (first information reports) have been registered by the CBI and chargesheets have been filed in seven cases.

A special leave petition (SLP) is pending before the Supreme Court which was filed by the West Bengal government challenging the August 19 post-poll violence order by the Calcutta High Court. The hearing in the apex court is in October, which the Calcutta High Court took into account.

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Security For Justice Manjula Chellur Heading SIT

The court has directed that security from West Bengal should be provided to Justice (retd) Manjula Chellur after coordinating with the Karnataka Government. Justice (retd) Manjula Chellur, who is currently residing in Karnaata, is a former chief justice of Kerala High Court, Calcutta High Court and Bombay High Court, and “overviews” the functioning of the SIT.

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