New Delhi, Apr 9 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a public interest litigation seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the incident, which led to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee injuring her leg.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked the petitioners to approach the Calcutta High Court and granted liberty for the same, after which the petitioners withdrew the plea.
“It (Mamata Banerjee’s leg injury) could be staged. She is shaking her legs,” Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma, appearing for the petitioner, contended.
“Go to Calcutta High Court, allowed to withdraw with liberty to approach Calcutta High Court,” CJI Bobde replied.
The plea, filed by practicing lawyers Shubham Awasthi, Akash Sharma and Sapta Rishi Mishra, sought issuance of guidelines and directions for the investigation of future similar incidents, which were leading to a sustained campaign against the senior officers of the Election Commission.
The petitioners alleged that CBI should investigate the incident, as not only was it an incident which can be categorised as an attack against a constitutional functionary, but it would also affect the voter confidence and influence them wrongly.
The plea further stated that the Election Commission was targeted for making changes which led to happening of the incident. The incident has created a new wave of sympathy and shock and awe among people and dissipated the image of the Election Commission of India. It sought an independent probe into the incident and also sought framing of guidelines to handle such incidents in the future.
The petitioners prayed for enhancement of punishment for poll violence as well as the establishment of a temporary body to deal with election violence and to punish the perpetrators.