Supreme Court judge refuses from hearing Bengal post-poll violence case

The Bengal election was held in the month of March-April followed by its results in the first week of May. Since then, there was an massive outbreak of violence in the state leading to several uncalled circumstances. The families of these victims have approached the court requesting for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe.

On Friday, a Supreme Court judge stepped aside from hearing the post-poll violence case in Bengal where the BJP workers were allegedly killed. “I do not wish to hear the case. Not before me.” Justice Indira Banerjee who is from Kolkata uttered as she refrained herself from hearing the case.

Earlier the Supreme Court had enquired the Bengal government to respond to the case. On regard to this, the state voiced that the petitions are “politically motivated” are expressed those to be dismissed.

The state further clarified that every act of violence after election cannot be termed as post-poll violence. The Mamata Banerjee government further notified to the Supreme Court that three people in connection with the alleged killing of the two BJP workers have been arrested in the previous month.

As Justice Banerjee refused to hear the Bengal post-poll violence case, it will now be addressed to another bench.

Two gang rape survivor, among whom one is a minor from Scheduled Caste community rumoured to be gang raped on May 9 in Murshidabad district and another is a 60-year-old from East Midnapore who is allegedly gang raped on May 4 in front of her 6 year old grandson. As per reports both of them moved to the court for a Special Investigation Team or the CBI to probe their cases claiming it to be a politically motivated violence. 

BJP alleged that Trinamool Congress’ followed by their sweeping victory in the election killed BJP workers, attacked women members, vandalized houses, looted shops belonging to the party members and ransacked its offices by their goons.

The Bengal government clarified that the post-poll violence was “somewhat unabated” when the Election Commission was in-charge of the law and order. It further stated that the cabinet re-established order when the path ceremony was over.

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