Nandigram issue: CBI to stop inquiry

The Calcutta High Court refused continuation of CBI inquiry into the March 14 police firing at Nandigram.
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Updated on Mar 26, 2007 03:07 PM IST
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PTI | By, Kolkata

The Calcutta High Court on Monday refused continuation of CBI inquiry into the March 14 police firing and asked the investigating agency to preserve all evidence in sealed covers.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice SS Nijjar and Justice PC Ghose did not allow petitioner Kalyan Banerjee's plea that CBI be directed to continue its inquiry and observed that it would decide on the need of it only after studying all affidavits filed by the state government and petitioners in the matter.

The bench, which was flooded with a number of affidavits and petitions that were filed by several NGOs and individual lawyers to become party to the litigation, said that it needed time to go through all the claims and counter-claims before deciding on the issue.

The court adjourned the matter for three weeks.

The bench also directed CBI to preserve all evidence, most of which are documentary in nature, in sealed covers till further directions.

The CBI had submitted an inquiry report before the court on March 22 on the police firing which claimed 14 lives.

The chief justice, taking note of West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi's statement and media reports after the Nandigram incident, had directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry.

Advocate General Balai Roy submitted that the Governor need not be dragged into any controversy over the issue, to which the court concurred.

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