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Bengal post-poll violence: CBI, SIT submit investigation progress report before Calcutta High Court

By PTI

Kolkata: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the CBI and West Bengal Police on Monday filed a status report before the Calcutta High Court on the ongoing probe into the post-poll violence cases in the state.

The report was presented in a sealed cover before a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajarshi Bhardwaj.

The bench fixed November 8 for the next hearing of the matter.

A five-judge bench headed by Acting Chief Justice had on August 19 ordered a CBI probe into cases of alleged murder and crimes against women, including rape and attempt to rape, after the assembly elections earlier this year.

While delivering the verdict in a PIL seeking an independent probe into the alleged violence after the assembly elections, the court had also ordered the formation of an SIT comprising three IPS officers of West Bengal cadre to oversee the investigation in all other cases. .

The bench, which has IP Mukherjee, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar as other members, directed that both the probes would be monitored by the high court and ordered the CBI and the SIT to submit their status reports before it.

It later appointed Justice (retd) Manjula Chellur, former Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court, the Calcutta High Court and the Bombay High Court, to “oversee” the functioning of the SIT.

The court had further directed that the matter be placed before a division bench on October 4 for further hearing.

On July 13, a committee investigating allegations of human rights violations in the post-poll violence by the NHRC president on the orders of the High Court had submitted its final report to a five-judge bench.

The bench also ordered the West Bengal government to pay compensation after due verification to the victims of the crime as per the state policy and directed that the amount be directly transferred to their bank accounts.

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