Hearing of Rampurhat incident is complete in High Court, verdict could be given on Friday

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The hearing of the Bogtui murder case ended on Thursday in the Calcutta High Court. Five cases, including a self-motivated case filed in the High Court in connection with the death of eight villagers in the blaze, were heard together. A bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj concluded the hearing with extra time even after the High Court’s time limit. However, the verdict in the case was not announced on Thursday. The High Court may give its verdict on Friday.

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday accepted a self-motivated case in which eight villagers were burnt to death in Rampurhat’s Bogtui. On Thursday, the division bench of Chief Justice Srivastava and Justice Bharadwaj returned to hear the Rampurhat case. At the beginning of the hearing, the appellant’s lawyer Sabyasachi Chatterjee said, “CCTV cameras were not installed at the spot till 10 pm on Wednesday. The chief minister went there and announced compensation and made some remarks that could harm the investigation.”

Incidentally, the division bench of Chief Justice Srivastava and Justice Bharadwaj directed that the report of the case diary along with the investigation should be submitted to the court on Thursday. To be sure, no information about that place was lost. Closed circuit camera should be installed. CC camera recordings should not be stopped without a court order.

State Advocate General Soumendranath Mukherjee submitted the case diary on Thursday in compliance with the court order. He said, “The High Court on Wednesday issued a order to install CCTV cameras there. In the evening a copy of the order came to the High Court site. After that it is sent to the district. The district administration contacted the district judge of East Burdwan. There are now 31 CCTV cameras installed.”

However, the petitioner is still adamant in his demand for a CBI inquiry. On Thursday, lawyer Ravi Shankar Chattopadhyay claimed that villagers had been shot dead by police in the Nandigram incident. The court ordered a CBI probe. In this case too, the CBI should be directed to investigate, not the state police or the SIT.

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