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Sandeshkhali case: Supreme Court dismisses Bengal government's appeal against Calcutta High Court's CBI probe order

The Supreme Court questioned, "Why is the state trying to protect somebody?"

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Annesha Barua -- July 08th 2024 01:39 PM -- Updated: July 08th 2024 01:47 PM
Sandeshkhali case: Supreme Court dismisses Bengal government's appeal against Calcutta High Court's CBI probe order

Sandeshkhali case: Supreme Court dismisses Bengal government's appeal against Calcutta High Court's CBI probe order

PTC News Desk: The West Bengal government's appeal against a Calcutta high court judgment ordering the Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, to look into claims of sexual assault and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali was denied by the Supreme Court.

A bench of Justices BR Gavai and KV Viswanathan inquired, "Why should the state be interested in protecting someone?" They also mentioned that on the final day of the hearing, the government's attorney from West Bengal requested that the case be postponed because the top court had raised this particular issue.


"I'm grateful. Rejected," the bench declared.,The state government's appeal against the April 10 ruling of the Calcutta high court was being heard by the Supreme court.

The West Bengal government was questioned by the Supreme Court on April 29 at the plea hearing when it was asked why the state should file the case on behalf of some private individuals in order to "protect their interest."

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The state administration claimed in its appeal before the Supreme Court that the order from the Calcutta high court had demoralised the police force and the entire state apparatus.


Three First Information Reports (FIRs) regarding incidents on January 5 have been filed by the CBI, which is already looking into the matter of an attack on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in Sandeshkhali.

The Calcutta High Court ordered the CBI to file a comprehensive report on the alleged illegal conversion of agricultural land into water bodies for pisciculture after conducting a thorough inspection of revenue records and a physical inspection of the allegedly converted land, noting that the investigation will be overseen by the court.

In addition, the high court ordered the CBI to look into claims of land grabbing and crimes against women in Sandeshkhali and provide a thorough report to it on the following hearing date.

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- With inputs from agencies

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