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HC panel to look into Mela wall

Committee tasked with finding a resolution by involving all the stakeholders
The committee headed by Justice Sanjiv Banerjee will have Justice Arijit Banerjee , advocate general Kishore Datta and additional solicitor general YJ Dastoor as members

Our Legal Correspondent   |   Calcutta   |   Published 19.09.20, 03:06 AM

A Calcutta high court division bench headed by Chief Justice T.B.N Radhakrishnan on Friday set up a four-member committee chaired by Justice Sanjiv Banerjee to look into aspects of the ongoing strife in Visva-Bharati over construction of a wall around Pous Mela ground and find a resolution by involving all the stakeholders.

“The committee will look into the different aspects, fundamentally in the mode of mediation and conciliation among different stakeholders and find out ways and means of doing everything that is necessary for appropriate resolution,” the order passed by Chief Justice Radhakrishnan and Justice Shampa Sarkar said.

The committee headed by Justice Banerjee will have Justice Arijit Banerjee , advocate general Kishore Datta and additional solicitor general Y.J. Dastoor as members.

The bench also appointed advocate Jaydeep Kar an amicus curae to the case. Kar will assist the bench in the matter.

The panel will place its recommendation after three weeks when the court will again take up the issue.

On August 17, Santiniketan saw unprecedented violence when people demolished a wall that varsity authorities were erecting around the mela ground. Since then, the university town has been on the boil as the varsity authorities have stuck to their stand on fencing, while people supported by TMC resist it.

Earlier, advocate Ramaprasad Sarkar of the same court had filed a public interest litigation on the incident and demanded a CBI probe.

The bench felt that there was no necessity to take the assistance of the petitioner in the matter and issued the suo motu order.

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