In a virtual snub to the West Bengal government, the Calcutta high court on Friday ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to probe the February 22 killing of two CPI(M) leaders by suspected activists of the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The HC said if the state CID failed to provide a satisfactory report, the CBI could be asked to take over the probe.
A division bench comprising chief justice JN Patel and justice Sambuddha Chakraborty said the court would monitor the CID probe into the case - so far being investigated by the local police - and gave the agency three weeks to file a status report.
The court also rapped the police for not producing the post-mortem reports with the case diary. Public prosecutor Debasish Roy told the court that the reports were not available because the doctors did not prepare it on time.
In a thinly-veiled reference to the 34-year Left rule in West Bengal - which Trinamool ended in May last year - Roy blamed the system for the failure in producing the reports.
"You cannot blame the system and get away with it," the bench responded sharply.
The court sought the reports within 2pm and got them (by fax) within the deadline. Incidentally, the reports showed doctors having signed them on February 22, the day former CPI(M) MLA Pradip Tah and party member Kamal Gayen were killed.
The court's ruling came on a batch of petitions seeking a CBI probe into the killing.