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Calcutta HC orders CBI probe into Sandeshkhali cases in big setback to Mamata Banerjee-led govt

With the High Court’s order, the CBI is now tasked with spearheading the investigation into the Sandeshkhali sexual assault case. The move aims to ensure a thorough and impartial inquiry into the matter, with the court closely overseeing the proceedings.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: April 10, 2024 14:17 IST
Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Kolkata: Security personnel stand guard outside Bhavani Bhawan (West Bengal Police headquarters).

In response to the Sandeshkhali incident, the Kolkata High Court has issued a crucial directive, ordering a court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter. Recognising the need for all possible assistance, the court emphasises the importance of the state facilitating the investigative process.

Direct communication with CBI

The court mandated the establishment of a portal to enable direct communication between the affected individuals and the CBI, ensuring seamless reporting of grievances.

Comprehensive investigation

The CBI is tasked with investigating all complaints, ranging from land grabbing to sexual assault and alteration of agricultural land, ensuring a thorough probe into every aspect of the case.

Court oversight

Under the watchful eye of the judiciary, the investigation will be closely monitored to uphold transparency and accountability throughout the process.

Swift action required

To enhance surveillance in sensitive areas, the installation of CCTV cameras within 15 days is mandated, along with the provision of LED lighting for enhanced visibility.

Ensuring witness protection

The safety of witnesses is paramount, and measures will be taken to safeguard them from any potential harm or intimidation.

Impartial inquiry

The CBI is empowered to summon and investigate any individual without bias or prejudice, ensuring a fair and impartial inquiry into the matter.

Next hearing on May 2nd

The court has scheduled the next hearing for May 2nd, during which the CBI is expected to submit its report, marking a crucial step forward in the quest for justice.


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