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Plea Filed In Supreme Court To Consider Imposing President’s Rule In West Bengal

The plea was filed by ‘Indic Collective Trust’, an NGO, and urged the Supreme Court to impose President’s rule in West Bengal since the “constitutional machinery had broken down in the state”. 

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration under Article 356 to consider imposing President’s Rule in West Bengal. The state is currently witnessing post-poll violence unfold with several alleged TMC workers attacking the BJP karyakartas and offices. The plea termed the situation in West Bengal “volatile and politically charged, with severe consequences against the lives and liberty of individuals.”

Post-poll violence gripped the state of West Bengal.

The plea was filed by ‘Indic Collective Trust’, an NGO, and urged the Supreme Court to impose President’s rule in West Bengal since the “constitutional machinery had broken down in the state”. 

“Declare that the Constitutional machinery in the State of West Bengal has broken down within the meaning of Article 356 in order for His Excellency the President to take appropriate action under the said Article,” the petitioner prayed, as per Bar and Bench.

The petitioner association also sought directions to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to look into the involvement of politicians, if any, in the violence-engulfed West Bengal. The plea also urged the Court to direct the Central government to deploy CRPF and Army to contain the violence and restore law and order in the State.

“It has come to the attention of the Petitioner based on credible news reports that since the declaration of the election result in West Bengal on 02.05.2021, several miscreants and violent elements belonging to the victorious political party have wreaked havoc and have created a state of unrest by committing heinous offenses of, inter alia, bombing, murder, gang rape, outraging of modesty of women, arson, kidnapping, loot, vandalism and destruction of public property,” the plea said.

Also Read: Mamata Banerjee Appeals for Calm As Post-Poll Violence Engulfs Bengal

Meanwhile, BJP Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia filed a separate application in the Court seeking a CBI probe into the instances of murder and rape, allegedly by TMC workers.

At least a dozen people have been reported dead in post-poll violence in Bengal within 24 hours of election results, a figure that may be higher than the number of those killed during the month-long polls. According to the BJP, from Sitalkuchi in the north to Kolkata in the south, at least six party workers were killed and scores of homes of supporters and party offices attacked, vandalized, and set on fire across Bengal.

 

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