May 26, 2022

The division bench of the Calcutta High Court headed by chief justice Prakash Srivastava on Friday ordered a CBI inquiry into the Rampurhat violence in which at least ten people were charred to death due to torching of houses. The deceased also include two children from the family of Bhadu Sheikh the TMC panchayat leader who was killed.

The West Bengal government is all set to move Supreme Court against the division bench order. But the HC not only doubted the efforts of the state government, but also the efficiency of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government through an order of director general of state police, Manoj Malviya. Malviya, who is camping in Birbhum, refused to comment when contacted.

The court observed, “The special investigation team is headed by Gyanwant Singh, IPS, additional director general of police, CID, West Bengal, but his independence and impartiality has been doubted by submitting that there was an allegation of murder of one Rizwanur Rahaman against him in the year 2007. Therefore, he was kept out of work till 2014 and that ED had also summoned him in relation to a coal smuggling scam of rupees one thousand three hundred crores. Though learned advocate general has submitted that in respect of the allegation of murder, no charge-sheet was filed against him but it remains undisputed that such an allegation was made against him.”

The HC has also observed that the SIT has made no progress since the investigation was…

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