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West Bengal moves HC to stay order on post-poll violence

Jun 20, 2021 21:45 IST | By Editorji News Desk

The West Bengal government filed an application seeking a stay on the Calcutta High Court order that has directed the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission to constitute a committee to examine the post-assembly poll violence in the state.

The appeal, which will be heard by a 5-bench court on Monday, also seeks time to respond to a report by the member secretary of the State Legal Services Authority before the next hearing.

The report highlights the complaints of 3,243 persons who have claimed suffering till noon of June 10 and has been tabulated under 6 categories- property vandalised, looted or damaged by miscreants, threat by miscreants as a result of which the applicant(s) are out of their house and requires to be reinstated, assault or sexual assault, grabbing or encroaching of property, shop/business forcefully closed by miscreants, and demand of
ransom.

The SLSA has also said that the complaints were referred to the superintendent of police or police stations in some cases, but no response was received.

The High Court had directed the chairperson of the NHRC to constituency a panel and examine all cases of alleged human rights violations and present a comprehensive report. The court had also asked the panel to point out persons prima facie responsible for crime and the officers who maintained calculated silence on the issue.

The West Bengal government has requested that the findings in the order against the state or its officers may be expunged and has sought a stay of operations of the order till the disposal of the PILs filed.

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