New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the plea filed by three practicing lawyers asking for a CBI probe into Mamata Banerjee's leg injury incident. The West Bengal Chief Minister in the March 10 incident was allegedly attacked at her constituency in Nandigram due to which she sustained an injury on her left leg.
The PIL (Public Interest Litigation) was not entertained by the Supreme Court and instead, the petitioners were asked to move to the Calcutta High Court. The plea filed also said, "such incidents of election violence were leading to a sustained campaign against senior officers of the Election Commission." The bench was headed by none other than the Chief Justice of India CA Bobde who dismissed the plea and asked the petitioners to use the liberty of consulting the Calcutta High Court. The plea was then withdrawn by the petitioners.
Advocate Vivek Narayan Sharma who appeared before the petitioner contented by saying that Mamata's leg injury could be staged as she was seen shaking her legs.
The petition sought an independent probe into the matter and further lay down guidelines to handle such incidents in the future. the petitioners also wanted the probe findings to be made public so as to boost the confidence of the voters.
The petitioners also wished for enhanced punishment for poll violence and an establishment of a temporary body to oversee violence in elections and punish the perpetrators.
The 2021 Bengal election has been very fierce as both the BJP and TMC are trying their level best to conquer one another. Many instances of election violence have been reported from West Bengal with both parties throwing allegations at each other. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's leg injury was one of the key highlights in the elections, dividing the public opinion as some feel that the injury inflicted on her was an attempt to stop her from the race while others see this as some sort of a gimmick. People wait for the conclusion of this dramatic tussle for power to see who reigns over West Bengal.
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