Supreme Court to Mamata: Go to Calcutta High Court Seeking Probe into Nandigram Attack

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TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The petitioner had sought investigation by an independent agency like CBI and make its finding public to boost voters’ confidence

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Friday asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to approach Calcutta High Court as it refused to issue a direction in the plea seeking CBI probe into the alleged attack on her on March 10 in which she injured her leg in Nandigram.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde told petitioner counsel to “go to the Calcutta High Court” thus allowing the petitioner a liberty to withdraw the petition and move the high court.

The Trinamool supremo had alleged that on March 10 she was attacked by “four-five men” in the Nandigram area of West Bengal on the day she had gone there to file her nomination papers on the seat that saw a highly communal campaign by BJP who fielded Suvendu Adhikari, her ally until recently.

According to NDTV, the petition in the Supreme Court was filed by Shubham Awasthi and two others claiming that the attack on the chief minister, a constitutional functionary, should be probed by an independent agency like CBI and finding should be made public to boost voters’ confidence.

The petition alleged that since the attack the atmosphere in poll bound West Bengal was filled with allegations and counter-allegations of violence by different parties.

It also pleaded for issuing guidelines to the authorities concerned on how to handle such cases in future and for creation of a temporary body to look into the violence in poll areas and punish the offenders.

“Such an attack on a Constitutional functionary violates the idea of a free and fair election and has given free reign to political parties to influence voters,” the plea, filed through advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma, was quoted by NDTV.

“Poll violence is an anathema to the idea of free and fair elections and they need to be investigated in order to…achieve the goals which guide the functioning of a democracy,” it had said.

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