New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked CBI
why it was fighting shy of providing West Bengal government a
copy of its investigation report into Nandigram police firing
in which killed 14 persons on March 14, 2007.
"What is your problem if you hand over a copy of your
findings? The state government wants to see the report and
make its comment.
"Neither we nor the High Court had said that the report
should be in a sealed cover. Then, why are you not disclosing
it to the state government?" a Bench of Justices R V
Raveendran and A K Patnaik told Additional Solicitor General P
P Malhotra appearing for the agency.
The Bench made the remarks while posting to Wednesday
hearing of West Bengal government`s plea for a copy of the
report and CBI`s application seeking its direction for
initiating criminal proceedings in the killings.
The apex court had on December 13, 2007, restrained CBI
from initiating criminal proceedings against the West Bengal
police personnel as directed by the Calcutta High Court.
Malhotra assured the apex court that he would seek
instruction from the agency and report back to the court.
He said normal convention for the investigating agency
was not to furnish any copy to the accused until the
chargesheet was submitted to the court.
The ASG 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 with investigations in the present case.
Senior counsel K K Venugopal while seeking a copy of the
CBI`s investigation report defended the police action saying
several "Naxalites and Maoists had instigated the violence"
culminating in the police firing.