A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging “widespread violence after the assembly elections in West Bengal and imposition of President’s rule in the state, deployment of central forces and targeted violence to be investigated by a retired judge of the apex court Has been requested. Earlier in the day, senior advocate and BJP national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia had also filed an application in the apex court requesting a CBI probe into violent incidents in the state during and after the election process. Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress Party has returned to power in West Bengal.
This new petition has been filed by the ‘Indic Collective Trust of Tamil Nadu through advocate Suvidutt M.S. in view of widespread violence and disrupting law and order in the state after the assembly elections in West Bengal. Meanwhile, police said that at least six people were killed in the violence that took place in various parts of the state after the election. According to the police, one of these people was killed in Kolkata. The BJP has alleged that TMC-backed goons have killed many of its activists, attacked its female members, ransacked homes, looted shops of party members and ransacked party offices. TMC has denied these allegations.
The petitioner-trust has requested the apex court to direct the Center to deploy central security forces, including the armed forces, for the restoration of law and order in West Bengal. The petition states, “The court should declare that the constitutional machinery of West Bengal has collapsed under the purview of Article 356 of the Constitution and therefore His Excellency the President should take appropriate action under this Article.” Under Article 356 of the Constitution, if a state government fails to act in accordance with the constitutional provisions, the center can take control of the state machinery directly.
The petition requested that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a retired judge of the apex court be constituted to look into the involvement of politicians in the alleged targeted violence in West Bengal. Indic Collective Trust has requested for immediate arrest and prosecution of all persons involved in heinous crimes after the assembly elections. It also requested guidelines for the establishment of a special court to deal with cases related to the prosecution of political miscreants, or anyone involved in heinous crimes.
A day after the ruling party TMC won the election, the BJP alleged that four of its cadres were killed by TMC workers. The petitioner claimed that members and supporters of opposition parties have been brutally murdered, their homes and personal property destroyed. The petition states that many heinous crimes have been committed in the areas including bombing, murders, mutilating women, rioting, looting, kidnapping, arson and destroying public property. The petition cites reports of incidents of gang rape and physical assault against women supporting anti-parties in the state. It says, “… the miscreants have turned the state into a completely lawless region.”