NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear next week a PIL filed by social workers and advocates, having roots in West Bengal, seeking relief and rehabilitation of lakhs of persons displaced from the state because of post-poll violence allegedly perpetrated by victorious TMC activists.
Senior advocate Pinky Anand sought urgent hearing on the PIL from a vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai tand said hat the situation was precarious in the state and the violence has driven out lakhs of people outside the state who are living in penury during the pernicious time of Covid pandemic. The bench directed listing of the PIL next week for hearing.
Five petitioners led by Arun Mukherjee sought a direction from the SC to the Union government to discharge its duties under Article 355 in an emergency like situation prevailing in the state and “protect the state from internal disturbance and to ensure that the government in the state is carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.”
They requested the SC to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the incidents of political violence and targeted killings in the state as well as determine whether the state machinery has been complicit with the perpetrators of violence in these incidents and violating human rights. The SC has already sought response from West Bengal on another PIL, filed by the kin of two murdered BJP workers, seeking SIT/CBI probe into the post-poll violence. That PIL is listed for hearing on May 25.
The present petitioners said both the state and central governments should be directed to provide immediate relief to the internally displaced persons affected due to post poll violence by setting up camps, make provision for food, medicines, pandemic resources, and make appropriate medical facilities accessible to them in light of Covid pandemic.
The PIL sought setting up of an Inquiry Commission hy the Centre to assess the scale and causes of the exodus of persons from West Bengal and also direct the state government to provide long-term relief to the internally displaced persons affected due to post poll violence, by making provision for their rehabilitation, compensation for loss of family members, property, livelihood, mental and emotional agony.