Calcutta High Court orders CBI investigation into Bengal post-poll violence

The Calcutta high court on Thursday ordered a CBI investigation into alleged murder, rape cases during post-poll violence in West Bengal and asked the central agency to file report by six weeks.

A seven-member committee set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had earlier looked into the incidents of violence following the West Bengal assembly elections and recommended a court-monitored CBI probe.

Trinmool Congress, MP Saugata Roy expressed unhappiness over the judgement, he said “I’m unhappy with verdict. If in every law and order matter, which is entirely within a state’s jurisdiction, the CBI comes… it is transgression of the state’s right.

I’m sure the (Bengal) state government will judge the situation and take a decision to appeal to a higher court, if necessary,” he said.

However, The BJP Union Minister Anurag Thakur welcomed the judgement and said “there is no place for violence in a democracy”.

“We welcome the court’s decision. In a democracy everyone has the right to spread their ideology but one is allowed to spread violence. There is no place for violence in democracy,” he said.