The Calcutta High Court, on Friday, directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the State of West Bengal to submit a report on the progress of investigation into the firing by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at Sitalkuchi during the West Bengal assembly polls which had caused the death of four persons (Aminuddin Khan v. Union of India).
A Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee took note of the fact that investigation into the incident is being carried out by the CID and directed it to place a report before it by May 5.
“Now investigation is being carried on by the CID of the State of West Bengal. We record these submissions. We expect a statement to be placed on record by the CID as to the progress of the investigation by the next date of hearing,” the order passed on Friday said.
The Court was hearing petitions seeking investigation into the firing by CISF which happened on polling day in Cooch Behar district on April 10 when four people died due to CISF firing at booth no. 126 of Sitalkuchi.
The Election Commission had deferred voting at the polling station after the violence.
The High Court was informed by the Advocate General for the State and Additional Solicitor General for the CISF as well as counsel for the Election Commission of India that two FIRs have been lodged – one at the instance of an officer of the CISF and another at the instance of an individual.
The Court after recording the same adjourned the case for further consideration on May 5 while asking CID to submit status report on the probe.