Supreme Court Upholds CBI Probe in Sandeshkhali Crimes, Criticizes Mamata Government

Mamta benerjee

India Desk, Delhi Magazine: In a significant judicial decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the Calcutta High Court’s directive for a CBI investigation into the crimes against women and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali. The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government had petitioned for a stay on the investigation, which was rejected by the apex court.

A bench comprising Justice BR Gavai and Justice KV Vishwanathan dismissed the petition, questioning the state government’s stance. The court remarked, “Why is the government trying to save a person?” This pointed query underscores the judiciary’s scrutiny of the state administration’s actions in this high-profile case.

The bench clarified that the comments made by the High Court would not influence the proceedings of the lower courts, ensuring an unbiased judicial process. The case involves suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Sheikh Shahjahan and others, who stand accused of gang sexual abuse and land grabbing.

The controversy began on April 10, when the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe into the allegations against Shahjahan and his associates in Sandeshkhali, located in the Basirhat subdivision of North 24 Parganas district. The High Court’s decision came amidst serious allegations of sexual abuse and illegal land acquisition by the accused.

This ruling by the Supreme Court not only upholds the High Court’s decision but also highlights the judiciary’s commitment to addressing crimes against women and ensuring that justice is served without political interference.

Delhi Magazine Team

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