New Delhi: West Bengal Forest Minister Jyotipriya Mallick, through the National Human Rights Commission, expressed grief over his being called a notorious anti-social in the Kolkata High Court and termed the incident as shameful.
Jyotipriya Mallick said, ‘It is extremely shameful and sad for me that the National Human Rights Commission has submitted a report to the Kolkata High Court alleging that I am a notorious anti-social. National Human Rights Commission should know the fact that I am a professional lawyer and since last 10 years I have worked as working chairman of State Bar Council and since 5 years I am member of State Bar Council. Naturally without knowing that they submitted a wrong report.’
In its report to the Calcutta High Court on the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the seven-member NHRC team described the state’s position as an expression of the rule of law rather than the rule of law. The violence that resulted in the victory of the ruling party in Bengal has strangled the lives and livelihoods and economic of thousands. The report states that all the incidents of violence have been perpetrated against supporters of the main opposition party i.e. TMC supporters, goons and police victims of BJP.
He said, ‘Leave aside the matter of FIR against my name in any police station of West Bengal, I will reward that person. In fact, I will offer the reward to a member of the National Human Rights Commission. I have my team TMC and the way they guide or advise me, I will take action as per law. If necessary, I will also file a defamation case. But all I have to say is that the National Human Rights Commission is false and fabricated and has deliberately included my name.
In fact, the 50-page report submitted by the human rights team noted the loss of trust in the state administration to the state government through victims, many of whom were victims of sexual assault. West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim said that there has been no violence in West Bengal. Rather, many TMC workers were killed when Bengal was under the Election Commission.
With a detailed account of all the work done by the team since its inception, the committee’s report advocated for a CBI probe outside West Bengal for serious crimes like murder, rape etc. It has also recommended setting up of a monitoring committee to oversee the implementation of High Court orders, compensation, protection of women and victims and action against erring government servants.
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