tripura: Supreme Court seeks Tripura govt’s reply to plea on SIT probe into ‘communal strife’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Continuing to keep Tripura on its constitutional scrutiny radar for more than a fortnight, the Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Biplab Kumar Deb-led BJP government on a petition accusing the state police of acting in a partisan manner and seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the alleged communal violence in the north-eastern state.
A bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A S Bopanna issued notice to Tripura government on a PIL filed by Ehtesham Hashmi, who through advocate Prashant Bhushan accused the Tripura police of investigating the communal violence in a partisan manner.
Bhushan said that the police, on one hand, were not registering FIRs on complaints from the victims of communal violence, while on the other they were busy registering cases under UAPA against lawyers and journalists for publishing ground reports on communal violence and making social media posts about “Tripura burning”. The counsel said that the need of the hour is an independent investigation, preferably by SIT constituted by the SC.
A fortnight before the just concluded civic body elections, there had been a flurry of petitions before the apex court, which entertained them and passed necessary orders. On November 17, a bench of CJI N V Ramana, and Justices Chandrachud and Surya Kant had given protection from arrest to a CPI(ML) member, a human rights activist and a journalist, who challenged slapping of UAPA charges against them for social media posts describing communal violence in the state as “Tripura is burning” and sought a restrictive meaning to ‘unlawful activities’ under UAPA to curb its rampant misuse.
The Tripura police had said that action had been taken against various social media handles for falsely claiming that mosques have been burnt down in the state when this was not the case.
Two days before the November 25 civic body elections, a bench led by Justice Chandrachud had refused to postpone the elections on a TMC petition alleging that it was being targeted by ruling party cadres but had directed the state to discharge its duties in a “non-partisan manner”. To obviate the grievance of the TMC. It had passed a slew of directions to ensure free and fair elections.
On November 24, Justice Chandrachud-led bench had directed the Centre to deploy two additional companies of central paramilitary forces in Tripura as expeditiously as possible to keep the law and order situation in the state during the polls under control.

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