SC agrees to hear plea seeking President Rule in Bengal over post-poll violence, deploy armed forces

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a plea seeking path to the Centre to impose President’s Rule in West Bengal in view of the deteriorating legislation and order state of affairs due to the post-poll violence which began on May 2, the day of meeting election outcomes.

The plea additionally sought path to the Centre to deploy armed/paramilitary forces in the help of the executive authorities to carry normalcy in the state and to put it aside from inner disturbances.

Besides, the PIL has sought organising of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for probing the causes and causes of post-poll violence in West Bengal.

A bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari issued discover to the Centre, West Bengal and the Election Commission of India on the plea, which additionally sought to central and state governments to award compensation to the victims and their relations after ascertaining the character of loss sustained by them in post-poll violence in the state.

Advocate Hari Shankar Jain — showing for petitioners Ranjana Agnihotri, a UP-based practising lawyer and social employee Jitender Singh — mentioned that the plea is in opposition to post-poll violence in West Bengal.

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The bench mentioned, “We are issuing notice to respondent number 1, (Union of India), respondent number-2 (West Bengal government) and Respondent number 3 (Election Commission of India).”

The bench, nonetheless, didn’t subject discover to respondent quantity 4 — Mamata Banerjee because the president of Trinamool Congress Party (TMC).

SITUATION IN BENGAL EXTRAORDINARY: PETITIONER

The plea filed by way of advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain mentioned that the PIL has been filed in extraordinary circumstances as hundreds of residents of West Bengal are being “terrorized, penalised and tortured” by the employees of TMC for supporting the opposition party- Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) in the course of the meeting polls.

“The petitioners are espousing the cause of thousands of citizens of West Bengal who are mostly Hindus and are being targeted by Muslims to take revenge for supporting BJP as they want to crush Hindus so that for years to come the power may remain with the party of their choice,” the plea mentioned.

The plea sought from the court docket “directing the central government to exercise its power conferred by Article 355 and Article 356 keeping in view the deteriorating condition posing a threat to sovereignty and integrity of India”.

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It mentioned that quickly after the declaration of meeting polls outcome on May 2, the TMC employees and supporters began creating chaos, unrest and setting the homes and properties of Hindus on hearth, looting and plundered their belongings for the straightforward purpose that they’d supported BJP in meeting polls.

PLEA CLAIMS BJP WORKERS BEING ATTACKED IN BENGAL

The plea claimed that in an “attempt to create terror and disorder in society”, not less than 15 BJP employees/ sympathisers/supporters have misplaced their lives and a variety of them had been critically injured.

“The government and administration remained silent spectators and no protection was provided to the victims by them. The government, officials and the administration and the police are supporting workers of TMC, due to which the life, liberty, prestige, dignity and modesty of women are being taken away as is evident from the fact that number of persons were harmed and mercilessly murdered and no steps were taken for their safety,” the plea mentioned.

It added that no applicable motion was taken in opposition to the culprits, due to which the life, liberty, dignity of the ladies and youngsters are in peril and the way forward for Hindu residents is in jeopardy.

“In these circumstances, immediate intervention of the court is required and the court may issue command to the opposite parties so that the government of West Bengal functions in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and in case of continued violation, the government of India may be directed to take appropriate action under Article 355 and 356 of the Constitution,” it mentioned.

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The plea alleged that in the course of the meeting elections, which had been held in April, the TMC had contested the polls purely “on communal basis arousing the feelings of the Muslims and appealing to them to remain united and vote for their party for their better future”.

EC REMAINED SILENT SPECTATOR: PETITIONER

It mentioned that subsequently BJP made a grievance to ECI in opposition to the communal attraction made by TMC occasion and the ballot panel failed to maintain free and honest election conforming the democratic norms and failed to implement the necessary provision of part 123 of Representation of People Act which has to be applied in the course of the election.

The plea mentioned {that a} seven-judge bench of the highest court docket had in 2017, in the Abhiram Singh case, dominated that no individual might be allowed to contest election by making spiritual attraction.

“The Election Commission remained a silent spectator and the provision (of RP Act) was flagrantly violated”, the plea mentioned, including that the Muslim inhabitants is about 30 per cent in West Bengal due to “illegal Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingia Muslims have been registered as voters without making any proper scrutiny and enquiry and in about 100 constituencies Muslims votes decide the fate of the candidates”.

The prime court docket is already listening to a batch of pleas associated to post-poll violence in the state and seeking probe by an impartial company into the alleged killing of BJP employees and sympathisers.

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