West Bengal govt withdraws petition filed by CPM

Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 21:31

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Mamata Banerji-led West Bengal government to withdraw the petition filed by the previous Left Front government on the issue of Nandigram police firing in which 14 persons were killed during anti-land acquisition protest in March, 2007
The CPI-M-led government had challenged the Calcutta High Court order indicting it for the "unjustified" firing on innocent people in Nandigram and directing it to pay a uniform compensation of Rs 5 lakh to families of each of the 14 persons killed and Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh to those raped and

However, on coming to power, the Trinamool Congress-led government had filed an application in the apex court for withdrawal of the appeal stating that it was ready to award the compensation according to the direction of the High Court.

West Bengal government`s standing counsel Abhijit Sengupta said Justice C K Prasad, who heard the application in his chamber, allowed the state government`s plea to withdraw the appeal filed against the High Court`s order.

He said in the application that the state government has accepted the findings of the High Court which also included prosecution of the erring police officials.

The counsel said the state government told the apex court that it did not want to proceed with the appeal pending before it.

During the pendency of the matter before the apex court, CBI had submitted its report on the investigation into the case.


First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 21:31

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