The BJP government in Tripura has accused the petitioner of “unclean hands” and “selective outrage” and has filed a strongly worded objection to a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an independent investigation into incidents of communal violence that took place in the state last year. October.
The Tripura government, which questions the petitioner’s “silence” about the violence in Bengal before and after last year’s elections, labeled the public interest procedure as “selective public interest” and called for the imposition of “exemplary costs” to the petitioner.
The state government has asked the Supreme Court to reject the petition, pointing out that the highest court had refused to intervene when a plea that called for an investigation into Bangladesh’s violence after the poll was brought before it. The Supreme Court had requested the applicants to go to the Supreme Court instead.
“The so-called ‘public spirit’ of the petitioners has not moved into a larger scale of communal violence a few months ago and suddenly their ‘public spirit’ was awakened by some cases in a small state like Tripura,” the file of the petitioner said. state government. .
The Tripura government called the petitioner’s allegations “one-sided, exaggerated and distorted version of incidents”, saying that cases have already been registered and arrests have been made against those responsible for the violence. Their links to Pakistan’s spy agency ISI were also being investigated, it said.
The highest court had previously notified Tripura’s government, which even arrested journalists covering last year’s violent incidents, asking for a response to lawyer Ehtesham Hashmi’s plea.
Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who appeared before Hashmi, said last year that they want an independent inquiry into the “recent municipal riots and investigation into the alleged complicity of the police”.
“There are several cases related to Tripura in court. Few lawyers, who went on fact-finding missions, were given notice. UAPA charges were struck against journalists. Police did not register any FIR in cases of violence. We want all this should be investigated by an independent panel overseen by the court,” Bhushan said.
The northeastern state had witnessed arson, looting and violence after reports came in from Bangladesh that Hindu minorities there had been attacked during ‘Durga Puja’ on charges of blasphemy.