New Delhi: CBI today moved the Supreme Court
seeking its direction for initiating criminal proceedings in
the Nandigram firing incident in West Bengal which 14 persons
were killed in March 2007.
The agency mentioned an application before a Bench of
Justices R V Raveendran and H L Gokhale that the apex court`s
December 13, 2007, order restraining it from initiating
criminal proceedings should be lifted.
Additional Solicitor General Harin Raval, appearing for
CBI, referred to the apex court`s recent verdict holding that
the Supreme Court and High Courts are empowered to order CBI
inquiry and sought the court`s permission to go-ahead in the
The Bench posted for hearing the application of CBI after
Following the firing on March 14, 2007, the Calcutta
High Court had asked CBI to inquire as to what prompted the
police to open fire when thousands of villagers had gathered
to protest against attempts by the police to enter Nandigram.
The report was filed by the agency before the High Court
on February 15, 2008.
The state government had challenged the High Court order
indicting it for "unjustified" firing on innocent people in
Nandigram and issuing a direction for paying a uniform
compensation of Rs five lakh to each of the 14 persons killed
and Rs two lakh and Rs one lakh to those raped and injured.
The apex court had on December 13, 2007, restrained CBI
from initiating criminal proceedings in court against police
officials for the Nandigram firing till its further order.
While staying the High Court order, the apex court had
also issued notices to rights group Association for Protection
for Democratic Rights and other parties on whose plea the High
Court had passed the order.