The Bengal government told the Calcutta High Court on Monday that there was no post-poll violence in the state after the declaration of results in the 2021 Assembly elections. (Anindya Sundar Das v. Union of India)
Advocate General Kishor Datta told a five-judge bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justices IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar that according to their report, there was no instance of post-poll violence after May 9.
Lawyer Anindya Sundar Das, in submissions made in the plea, claimed that post-poll clashes between different political parties in the state had led to the death of at least 11 persons.
The plea alleged serious dereliction of duty on the part of police and sought constitution of a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the same.
Datta on Monday sought time to respond to each paragraph of the plea and also raised preliminary objection to the maintainability of the plea on the ground that the petitioner had no locus to approach the court.
Additional solicitor general (ASG) YJ Dastoor, representing the central government, strongly opposed the submission by stating that spokespersons of various political parties had come out with statements in the media that their respective workers had suffered in the post-poll violence.
The ASG also informed the court that the National Human Rights Commission, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, State Commission for Women and even the State Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission received complaints from people who could not approach the police stations or their complaints were not registered.
Dastoor sought an order from the court to the police officers to register an FIR against such complaints from the commission.