Friday , June 14 2024

Relief to Mamata government in Sandeshkhali case, Supreme Court seeks reply from Lok Sabha Secretariat

The West Bengal government has got a big relief from the Supreme Court in the Sandeshkhali case. The court has put a stay on the notice of the Privilege Committee of Parliament. In fact, the Privilege Committee has issued summons to West Bengal Chief Secretary Bhagwati Prasad Gopalika, DGP Rajeev Kumar, North 24 Parganas District Magistrate Sharad Kumar Dwivedi, Basirhat Superintendent of Police Hussain Mehdi Rehman and additional officials. Superintendent of Police Partha Ghosh was ordered to appear on 19 February. Challenging this notice, a petition was filed on behalf of the West Bengal government.

Lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi raised the matter

Senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the West Bengal government, raised the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud in the Supreme Court on Monday. Sibal said, 'Sandeshkhali was booked under Section 144. In such a situation, political activity carried out in violation of Article 144 cannot be a violation of privilege.

What arguments did Sibal and Singhvi give?

On that the court said that we have not read the application so we will list it later. However, Sibal said that the officers have been summoned to appear today on the notice. The Supreme Court has continued hearing on this petition. After this, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Mamata Banerjee government, said that the Chief Secretary, DM and Police Commissioner were not present at the venue, but still the Privilege Committee called them. Singhvi also said that a similar case was from Jharkhand, where the court had given relief.

Supreme Court stays Privilege Committee notice till next hearing

After hearing the arguments of both the lawyers appearing on behalf of the Bengal government, the Supreme Court stayed the notice of the Privileges Committee till the next hearing. The court has sent a notice to the Lok Sabha Secretariat in this matter and has sought a reply within four weeks.

What is the whole matter?

Let us tell you that West Bengal BJP Lok Sabha MP and Bengal BJP President Sukant Majumdar has written a letter to the Privileges Committee, accusing the police and security forces in the Mamata Banerjee government of misbehavior and cruelty and causing fatal injuries. Complaints were made about breach of MP's privileges and violation of protocol rules.