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Calcutta High Court on Sandeshkhali Incidents; Shameful Even If 1% of Claims Found to be True

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Kolkata. The Calcutta High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict in various pleas seeking a probe into the alleged instances of violence against women and land grabbing which had occurred in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal under the watch of Shahjahan Sheikh, and his workers.

A division bench of Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam and Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharya were considering PILs seeking an independent probe into the instances of violence alleged against Shahjahan and his men.

Upon hearing the allegations raised by counsel, and reading the affidavits placed on record regarding the sexual assault faced by the women, and land grabbing faced by the people of the area, the Chief Justice orally remarked –

“The entire district administration and ruling dispensation must owe a moral responsibility. Even if [the affidavit] 1% is true it is absolutely shameful. And West Bengal says it is safest for women? If one affidavit is proved to be right all of this falls.”

Earlier, the Court had directed the investigation into the attack on ED officials allegedly at the behest of Sheikh’s officials to be transferred to the CBI, as well as custody of Shahjahan Sheikh.

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