Accusing the petitioner of “unclean fingers” and “selective outrage”, the BJP authorities in Tripura has filed a strongly-worded objection to a plea within the Supreme Courtroom which sought an impartial probe into incidents of communal violence that passed off within the state final October.
Questioning the petitioner’s “silence” on the violence in Bengal earlier than and after final yr’s elections, the Tripura authorities labelled the Public Curiosity Litigation “selective public curiosity” and known as for a for an “exemplary value” to be imposed upon the petitioner.
The state authorities has requested the Supreme Courtroom to dismiss the petition and has identified that the highest court docket had refused to intervene when a plea which had sought a probe into the Bengal post-poll violence was introduced earlier than it. The Supreme Courtroom had requested the petitioners to strategy Excessive Courtroom as a substitute.
“The so-called ‘public spirit’ of the petitioners didn’t transfer few months again in a bigger scale of communal violence and out of the blue their ‘public spirit’ aroused as a result of some situations in a small state like Tripura,” the state authorities’s submitting learn.
Calling the petitioner’s allegations “unilateral, exaggerated and distorted model of incidents”, the Tripura authorities stated instances have already been registered and arrests made towards these accountable for the violence. Their hyperlinks with Pakistan’s spy company ISI had been additionally being probed, it stated.
The highest court docket had earlier issued discover to the Tripura authorities, which went so far as arresting journalists reporting on the incidents of violence final yr, searching for its response on the plea filed by lawyer Ehtesham Hashmi.
Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, showing for Mr Hashmi, had stated final yr that they need an impartial probe into the “current communal riots and investigation into the alleged complicity of police in it”.
“There are a number of instances associated to Tripura earlier than the court docket. Few attorneys, who went on fact-finding missions, had been served with notices. UAPA fees had been slapped on journalists. Police didn’t register a single FIR within the instances of violence. We wish all this to be investigated by an impartial panel monitored by the court docket,” Mr Bhushan stated.
The north-eastern state had witnessed incidents of arson, looting and violence after experiences emerged from Bangladesh that Hindu minorities there had been attacked throughout ‘Durga Puja’ on allegations of blasphemy.