SC notice to CBI on post-results violence
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the CBI and others on Bengal government’s appeal against Calcutta High Court’s recent order that had directed the central agency to probe into alleged violent incidents following the publication of Assembly poll results in the state on May 2.
The Supreme Court posted the matter for further hearing to October 7. Besides the CBI, the country’s top court has sought response of various private parties on whose PILs the high court directed the probe after obtaining a preliminary report from the National Human Rights Commission.
After a two-hour long argument by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the Bengal government, a bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Aniruddha Bose, however, refrained from staying the CBI probe as urged by the state. Justice Saran, who headed the bench, said the CBI probe would be subject to the final order of the Supreme Court.
Sibal assailed the high court order saying the same had been passed on the basis of a “biased” report submitted by a seven-member committee constituted by the NHRC.
The lawyer said the panel members had affiliation in one way or the other with the BJP.
Sibal argued that principles of natural justice were not followed by the high court which did not hear properly the state government’s views on the issue.