Court criticises CPI-M for involvement in Netai probe process

In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M)-led government in West Bengal, the Calcutta HC, while passing the order on Netai massacre probe, came down heavily on involvement of CPI(M) in the incident and the investigation process.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 23:01 PM IST

Kolkata: In an embarrassment to the ruling
CPI(M)-led government in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court,
while passing the order taking away the Netai massacre probe
from the state CID and handing it over to the CBI, came down
heavily on involvement of CPI(M) in the incident and the
investigation process.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and
Justice Asim Kumar Roy observed that in its view there was
sufficient material on record to show that the local committee
of the CPI(M) was involved in the incident.

The FIR in the case, in which nine persons were killed
and several others injured at Netai village in Lalgarh, had
mentioned six CPI(M) cadres and leaders, including the ruling
party`s Lalgarh local committee secretary Joydeb Giri.

The court noted that two armed camps, one at Netai where
20 persons armed with weapons were camping in the house of a
local CPI(M) member, and another at Birkar, were organised by
members of the local committee of CPI(M) of which Giri is the
secretary.

"We have no hesitation to come to a conclusion that the
state CID will not be able to work in an effective way beyond
this point as one cannot ignore the fact that presently the
state government or the ruling party consists of members of
the Communist Party (Marxists)," the court observed in its
eight-page order.
"We fail to understand why the investigating agency has
not been able to lay their hands at the basics of the
investigation, namely the suspects who belonged to the cadre
of CPI(M) party," the court observed, stating, "this itself is
sufficient to lead us to a conclusion that the state CID may
not be able to discharge its functions fairly and
impartially."

PTI