Calcutta high court ordered on Wednesday a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into a murder case in a move that could prove to be another blow to the ruling Trinamool Congress which is grappling with the Saradha chit fund controversy.
There are allegations that a prominent Trinamool leader is involved in the murder case that will now be probed by the central agency. The court will monitor the process.
Justice Harish Tandon also criticised the role of a Special Investigation Team led by the director general of police.
"I am extremely happy. We hope that justice will now be delivered even after the state government tried to block it," said rebel Trinamool leader Hriday Ghosh, son of the deceased.
Sagar Ghosh, his father, was killed on July 21 last year in the run-up to the panchayat polls in Bengal.
Hriday alleged the attack was conducted just four days after Birbhum district Trinamool president Anubrata Mondal asked his supporters on July 17 last year to destroy the houses of rebel leaders who had opposed the party's official candidate in the elections.
On July 21 night, a mob besieged the house in search of Hriday, who was not there. The mob shot his father dead.
The local police station did not want to accept a complaint, following which the family moved court.