Calcutta HC issues contempt notice to Biman Bose on Nandigram issue

November 27th, 2007 - 7:29 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, Nov 27 (ANI): The Calcutta High Court today issued a criminal contempt notice to Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state Secretary Biman Bose for his remarks that the judiciary was taking biased stand on the Nandigram issue.
The High Court also issued notices to Shyamal Chakrabarty and Binoy Konar and asked all of them to submit their replies by January 31 explaining public statements in which they had condemned the courts role.
On November 17, Bose has said the court ruling that March 14 police firing in Nandigram was unconstitutional, and a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into it was intervention of judiciary into the work of legislature.
What is the need then for the executive or legislature, why spend so much on elections if the court will decide everything?, Bose had questioned
Bose has also urged the West Bengal Government to appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Courts order to ensure the rights of the State.
I ask the State Government to appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgment to ensure the rights of the State, which were being encroached upon sometimes by the Centre and in the present context, by the judiciary, Bose said.
The High Court, on November 16, had dismissed all petitions filed by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya Government in connection with the Nandigram violence on March 14.
The High Court, however, asked the State Government to give compensation of five hundred thousand rupees to the families of those who were killed, two hundred thousand rupees to women who were raped or molested, and one hundred thousand rupees to those who were injured.
The West Bengal Government had planned to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for chemical industries in Nandigram, but had to abort the project as villagers refused to give their farmland for the project.
The row saw violent clashes between residents opposed to the project and the communist supporters as well as police.
At least six villagers were killed and dozens injured in Nandigram last week in clashes between rival groups led by Communists and a frontal organisation backed by Trinamool Congress party. (ANI)

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