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SC dismisses plea seeking action on Nandigram violence

November 19, 2007 11:57 IST
Last Updated: November 19, 2007 16:25 IST

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking direction to the Centre to take action against the West Bengal government for the Nandigram violence based on the report of Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.


A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said that it cannot pass any such direction when the matter has already come under the scanner of National Human Rights Commission.


"When the NHRC is already looking into the matter, how many other forum do you (petitioner) want?" the bench, also comprising Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal, said dismissing the Public Interest Litigation.


The court also said that it was not inclined to entertain the petition which was based on newspaper reports. The PIL sought a direction to the Governor to send a report on which the Centre could take action against the state government.


"We cannot do so," the bench said warning the petitioner that, "It was abuse of the process of this court".


At first, the petitioner's counsel wanted a further date for hearing of the matter on the ground that he wanted to file some additional documents. However, his plea was not allowed by the bench, which questioned the petitioner for filing such a writ petition.


The bench was also not impressed with the submission of the lawyer referring to the Calcutta High Court's November 16 verdict indicting the West Bengal government for the March 14 police firing in Nandigram which it said was, "wholly unconstitutional and unjustified".

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