40-yr-old murder case may return to haunt CPM

Updated on Mar 18, 2010 11:46 PM IST
A Kolkata-based legal association will appeal to the Supreme Court for reopening a 40-year-old murder case in West Bengal that may put some state bosses of the ruling CPI(M) in the dock.
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Hindustan Times | ByDebdutta Ghosh and Mohammad Asif, Burdwan

A Kolkata-based legal association will appeal to the Supreme Court for reopening a 40-year-old murder case in West Bengal that may put some state bosses of the ruling CPI(M) in the dock.

The names that surfaced in the list of accused include state industries minister and politburo member Nirupam Sen, state committee member Benoy Konar and former member of Parliament Anil Basu.

On March 17, 1970, three brothers of the Sain family in Burdwan, 100 km west of Kolkata, were hacked to death. Later, two other brothers, known to be staunch Congress supporters, were also murdered.

With the assembly elections due in 2011, the resurfacing of the Sain murder case may provide a handle to the opposition parties, which have been alleging that the CPI(M) had suppressed the issue by withdrawing the case after it came to power in 1977.

Joydeep Mukherjee of the West Bengal Legal Aid Forum, said, “We’ll appeal to the Supreme Court to reopen the case in April.” A battery of lawyers, with some former Calcutta High Court judges as consultants, will reconstruct the case papers.

The forum filed a case under the Right to Information Act on December 10, asking the state home department for the case documents. But Mukherjee said, “The state replied on December 23 that all documents and case papers were destroyed. This has to be false and must have been done to hush up the matter.”

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