Sunday, July 14, 2024

SC Rejects Bengal Govt’s Plea Against HC Order for CBI Probe in Sandeshkhali Case – N.F Times


New Delhi: The Supreme Court has turned down a plea filed by the West Bengal government challenging the Calcutta High Court’s directive for a CBI investigation into the Sandeshkhali incident.

Briefly put, the bench of Justices BR Gavai and KV Viswanathan was dealing with a petition filed by State of West Bengal against the Calcutta High Court directing CBI to investigate the allegations of land-grabbing and sexual assault in Sandeshkhali by Shajahan Sheikh, a now-suspended member of the Trinamool Congress, and his followers.

Unrest in Sandeshkhali began after an assault took place on ED officers, allegedly by followers of local ‘strongman’ Shahjahan Sheikh. The situation escalated with widespread reports of sexual assault and land grabbing being attributed to Shahjahan and his followers, who belonged to the ruling dispensation in West Bengal. On February 13, 2024, the Calcutta High Court took suo moto cognizance of newspaper reports on alleged sexual harassment of women in Sandeshkhali and tribal lands that had bee


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