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'State conduct does not inspire confidence': Calcutta HC rejects Mamata govt's appeal

Rejecting the plea, a 5-judge bench headed by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that the June 18 order was passed after the state failed to inspire the court's confidence.

Calcutta high court rejects West Bengal govt appeal seeking recall of June 18 order-VPN
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Kolkata, First Published Jun 21, 2021, 1:24 PM IST
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In a major setback for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court on Monday dismissed the petition by her government to recall an order directing National Human Rights Commission's intervention in post-election violence complaints.

Rejecting the plea, a 5-judge bench headed by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that the June 18 order was passed after the state failed to inspire the court's confidence.

The bench, also comprising Justices Soumen Sen, Subrata Talukdar, IP Mukerji and Harish Tandon, said that the court does not find any occasion to modify or stay its earlier ruling.

The West Bengal government had claimed that it was not given adequate opportunity to place all facts on record, including the steps taken by the state government to address the issues relating to post-poll violence.

However, acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal noted that the state government had not placed on record a single complaint received by it.

The court had to involve the NHRC because there were allegations that the police is not taking action, he said, adding that the rights body had merely been told to file a report and that the government should not have any objection to it. 

"Your conduct, in this case, does not inspire the confidence of this court," the acting Chief Justice was quoted by legal website Live Law.

The court directed the West Bengal government to place on record actions taken by it with regard to post-poll violence before the committee to be appointed by NHRC.

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