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CBI probe into violence: Supreme Court asks West Bengal to file counter affidavit

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New Delhi, May 25 (ILNS): The Supreme Court today has directed the State of West Bengal to file its counter affidavit on a plea seeking probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the killings of two BJP workers in the post-poll violence in the State. 

The bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Justice BR Gavai has directed the state of West Bengal and all other respondents to file their counter affidavit within three weeks.   

Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra appearing for the State of West Bengal apprised the court that the FIR registered in this case and three people have been arrested on the basis of these complaints. 

He also told the bench that a five-judge bench in the Calcutta High Court has been constituted to hear these issues. There are two five judges benches before the Calcutta HC. One is doing this matter. And the other bench is hearing other matter which is item 36 today before this court. He further told the court the five-judge bench which was to hear the matter today couldn’t assembled due to non-availability of the acting Chief Justice. 

The plea was filed by Biswajit Sarkar, the brother of deceased Bengal BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar, who was allegedly murdered when violence broke out after the Mamata Banerjee led All India Trinamool Congress secured a convincing victory over the BJP in the 2021 assembly elections.

His plea before Supreme Court prayed for the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) by the Supreme Court so that the murder of Avijit Sarkar and a Bengal BJP booth worker, Haran Adhikari, can be enquired into. The apex court had issued notice in the plea last week. ILNS/KR/SS

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