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WB post-poll violence: Justice Indira Banerjee recuses herself from hearing plea

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New Delhi, Jun 18 (ILNS) Supreme Court Judge, Justice Indira Banerjee, who hails from West Bengal, recused herself from hearing the plea, which was listed for hearing on Friday, on West Bengal post-poll violence.

The matter was listed for hearing before the Bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice MR Shah. When the proceeding in the matter commenced, Justice Indira Banerjee, who hails from West Bengal, remarked, “I have some difficulty in hearing this matter” and recused herself from hearing the matter.

Thereafter, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested for listing of the matter on coming Tuesday. The Bench said that it may not be proper on its part to give any listing date as the presiding Judge was recusing.

Justice Shah then directed the registry to list the matter before a Bench, where Justice Indira Banerjee is not a member.

The Supreme Court, on May 18, had issued a notice in Biswajit Sarkar & Anr vs Union Of India to the West Bengal government on a plea for CBI probe into the killing of two BJP workers allegedly by TMC workers during the post-poll violence in the state.

Biswajit Sarkar is the younger brother of the deceased Abhijit Sarkar, who was killed by a mob comprising 20 supporters of West Bengal’s ruling party in power in his mother’s presence and also by widow of Haran Adhikari, a local booth worker who was attacked with bricks, sticks, spade, shovel at his home and brutally killed in the presence of his 80-year-old father.

Moments before his death, Sarkar had uploaded a video on Facebook highlighting how the TMC workers not only ransacked his house and of the NGO, but also mercilessly killed voiceless puppies and specifically blamed TMC for his attack & his eventual death.

On May 2, soon after the results of the Assembly election were out, state BJP leaders alleged that many party workers were killed, raped, assaulted brutally and their houses were set on fire across the state. They accused TMC cadres of carrying out the attack and alleged that police are not doing anything to provide them protection. The Centre also sought a report from the West Bengal government on post-poll violence in the State. ILNS\ABV\SS\RJ

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