West Bengal Post Poll Violence: “Life & Liberty of People at stake”, Calcutta HC 5-judge bench to hear PIL

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Calcutta High Court, by a Division bench order dated 07.05.2021, constituted a 5-Judge bench led by Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal to hear PIL on post-poll violence in the State of West Bengal and the steps taken by Government to prevent the same.

The Bench observed, “Considering the importance where life and liberty of the people in the State of West Bengal is at stake and the issues sought to be raised by the petitioner, Larger Bench was constituted to hear the present petition.”

State Advocate General, Kishore Dutta opposed the petition, submitting that the newly elected TMC Government had already taken several steps to control the law and order situation.

State government held the Election Commission responsible for the violence, claiming that the constitutional body took up ‘ill-considered’ transfers of senior police officers and replaced them with ‘incompetent officers’, says a report by Swarajya

Larger Bench shall comprise of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice IP Mukerji, Justice Harish Tandon, Justice Soumen Sen, and Justice Subrata Talukdar.

The matter is listed for hearing on Monday.

Case Title: Anindya sundar Das v. Union of India | WPA (P) 143 of 2021