Rights Panel Probing Post-Poll Violence Biased, Bengal Tells Court


Rights Panel Probing Post-Poll Violence Biased, Bengal Tells Court

The Trinamool Congress authorities submitted the affidavit in Calculta High Court Monday. File


The Trinamool Congress authorities in West Bengal has alleged in an affidavit filed earlier than the Calcutta High Court that the National Human Rights Council (NHRC) committee which probed incidents of post-poll violence within the state “was fraught with bias against the ruling dispensation”.

The affidavit, submitted to the court docket on Monday, additionally claimed that members of the panel share shut ties with BJP leaders.

Criticising the Mamata Banerjee authorities, the NHRC panel, in its report positioned earlier than the excessive court docket lately, has underscored that “the situation in the state is a manifestation of law of ruler instead of rule of law”.

It really useful a CBI probe into “grievous offences like murder and rape”.

Contradicting the findings of the panel, which was arrange by its chairman on the order of the court docket, the Trinamool authorities’s affidavit mentioned members of the committee “have close association with the Bharatiya Janata Party and/or the central government”.

“The formation of the committee and the purported field teams are fraught with bias against the ruling dispensation in the state of West Bengal.

“It shall be evident that the committee has been intentionally constituted to spearhead a witch hunt in opposition to the whole state equipment in West Bengal,” the affidavit maintained.

The matter is scheduled to be taken up for hearing on Wednesday by a five-judge bench of the high court, presided by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal.

The state government, in its affidavit, has further claimed that the NHRC “chairperson has abused the method of this honourable court docket and appointed solely these members who’re excited about conducting a hatchet job in opposition to a democratically elected authorities”.

It said that such members who have an “inherent bias” against the ruling dispensation were chosen and accordingly “predisposed to present a destructive report” on the law-and-order situation.

Under such circumstances, the credibility of the panel to investigate in an “unbiased and impartial method” is questionable, the state government pointed out.

It noted that the committee head, Rajiv Jain, had served as the director of Intelligence Bureau under the incumbent BJP government.

He was the subsidiary Intelligence Bureau chief in Ahmedabad from 2005 to 2008, when “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat and Amit Shah a minister”, the affidavit explained.

It said that another member Atif Rasheed, a former president of ABVP students’ union in Satyawati College, had contested the Delhi Municipal elections in 2021 on a BJP ticket.

Contending that the state government was not given an opportunity to be heard, the affidavit said the “report ought to not be thought of by this honourable court docket”.

Denying the allegation that the entire state machinery in West Bengal is responsible for post-poll violence, it submitted that the “police and all different competent officers of the State of West Bengal have taken all steps to stop any violence after the declaration of outcomes for the West Bengal State Legislative Assembly on May 2”.

Several PILs filed before the high court claimed that people were subjected to assault, made to flee homes, and property was destroyed in pockets of Bengal, following the announcement of assembly poll results.

Maintaining that the acts of violence resulted in disruption of life and livelihood of thousands of people, the NHRC committee report said “the native police has been grossly derelict, if not complicit, on this violence”.

“The spate of violence reveals a pernicious politico-bureaucratic-criminal nexus. Moreover, this violence additionally attacked some pillars of democracy together with rule of legislation, political pluralism and free, honest and safe polling,” the report added.


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