- Apprentice Lawyer
Five BJP leaders from West Bengal on Friday secured relief from Supreme Court against the West Bengal Police in connection with various cases registered again them.
A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Hrishikesh Roy and Dinesh Maheshwari ordered that no coercive action should be taken against Arjun Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Pawan Singh, Sourav Singh and Mukul Roy and also issued notice to the West Bengal government on a plea by the leaders to transfer the probe into the cases to an independent investigating agency.
The leaders approached the Supreme Court alleging witch-hunt by the West Bengal Police at the behest of ruling Trinamool Congress Party.
The lead petitioner, Arjun Singh who moved the Court through advocate Avantika Manohar, stated that right after he resigned from Trinamool Congress, he was slapped with 64 cases by the Bengal police without any preliminary enquiry.
The plea stated that the "purposive prosecution" carried on by West Bengal police against Singh has denied him of liberty without following the due process of law.
A sixth petitioner Kabir Shankar Bose had also moved the Court but the Bench did not issue notice on his plea. Instead, the Court called for a report from CISF which is currently providing security to Bose.