SC dismisses plea seeking action on Nandigram violence

SC dismisses plea seeking action on Nandigram violence

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition seeking direction to the Centre to take action against the West Bengal government for the Nandigram violence based on the report of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said that it cannot pass any such direction when the matter has already come under the scanner of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

“When the NHRC is already looking into the matter how many other forum you (petitioner) want," the Bench, also comprising Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal said dismissing the PIL filed by one Kedar Chand Yadav.

The court also said that it was not inclined to entertain the petition which was based on newspaper reports.

The PIL sought a direction that the Governor should be asked to send a report on which the Centre could take action against the state government.

“We cannot do so," the Bench said warning the petitioner that “it was the abuse of the process of this court".

At first the petitioner’s counsel wanted further date for hearing of matter on the ground that he wanted to file some additional documents.

However, his plea was not allowed by the Bench, which questioned petitioner for filing such type of writ petition.

The Bench was also not impressed with the submission of the lawyer referring to the Calcutta High Court’s 16 November verdict indicting the West Bengal Government for the 14 March police firing in Nandigram which it said was “wholly unconstitutional and unjustified".

The petitioner, who termed the 14 March incident as ‘black day’ submitted that at least a judicial inquiry could be ordered and cited the reported statement of the Governor.

The Governor had flayed the recapture of Nandigram villages by members of ruling CPI-M cadre.

He had termed as “unlawful and unacceptable" the manner of recapture of villages in Nandigram which has become a “war zone".