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Former Delhi HC Judge Calls Judicial Probe in Basirhat Violence 'Eyewash'

Justice Dhingra along with Maj Gen (retd) P K Sehgal, lawyer Soumen Mukherjee and professor Rohit Roy recently met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking the Centre to intervene in the matter.

Debayan Roy | News18.com

Updated:July 9, 2017, 8:19 AM IST
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Former Delhi HC Judge Calls Judicial Probe in Basirhat Violence 'Eyewash'
A burnt vehicle seen at a road after a communal riot at Baduria in North 24 Pargana district of West Bengal. (File photo/PTI)
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New Delhi: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered a judicial probe into the communal clashes in Basirhat but former Delhi High Court Judge, Justice SN Dhingra, says it is “merely an eyewash and would only serve the purpose of buying some time for the Trinamool government.”

“This judicial probe is an eyewash. After 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Justice Mishra commission was established and he recommended establishing of more commissions. It was done to gain more time and tell people that action has been taken. Politicians keep altering the tenures and by the time the commission can submit the report, the politicians’ terms are over,” he said.

Justice Dhingra along with Maj Gen (retd) P K Sehgal, lawyer Soumen Mukherjee and professor Rohit Roy recently met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking the Centre to intervene in the matter. However, Rajnath refused to intervene saying that law and order is a state subject but said the Centre is keeping a tab on the situation.

However, Justice Dhingra told News18 that the Centre can still go ahead and issue an advisory which will act as a message to the state government.

“There are rising incidents of communal violence in West Bengal. We wanted to highlight this issue to the Home Minister. If the state is not doing anything, then the Centre can issue an advisory stating that such incidents should not occur,” he said.

Justice Dhingra had earlier probed the grant of licences to developers in Gurgaon by the Congress government in Haryana. In his report, he had alleged irregularities in grant of licence to Skylight Hospitality of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The former judge refuted the Congress’ allegations that he was pro-BJP. “If you meet somebody for a right cause it cannot be a problem. Congress had also objected when I had asked for a road to be built in a village. They tried to link me with RSS and BJP when I was hearing the trial in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. These are mere allegations,” he said.

Justice Dhingra said it was time judiciary takes suo motu cognisance of the situation in Bengal. “No FIR has been lodged and no action has been taken by the police,” he said.
| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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