statesman news service
KOLKATA, 20 JUNE: Placing a compliance report about the Nandigram carnage before the Division Bench of Mr Justice Asim Banerjee and Mr Justice Mrinalkanti Choudhuri of Calcutta High Court today, the Central Bureau of Investigation informed the court that it has not yet received the state government nod to take action against the government officials who figure in the Nandigram carnage case.
Several Public Interest Litigations (PIL) were filed seeking a CBI probe into the police firing and carnage at Nandigram on 14 March, 2007.
The central investigating agency needs the government’s nod to proceed against the officials who figure in the case, as when a public servant commits an offence during the discharge of his duty and if anyone wants to prosecute him, the latter has to take the permission of the government concerned.
The state government has sought a clarification from the CBI in December last year, it was learnt. The CBI has given it in April and is awaiting the state government’s nod to proceed. The CBI is yet to act in this matter as it has not received the state government’s permission to act against these officers, CBI counsel, Asraf Ali submitted during the day.
At Nandigram, in East Midnapore, the then Left Front government had sought to acquire 10,000 acres of land for a chemical hub, but local people were unwilling to hand over their plots. At least 14 villagers died and 70 more wounded when police opened fire on demonstrators opposing the land acquisition plan, and more atrocities were reported thereafter.
The incident turned out to be a turning point in state politics, helping Miss Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamul  Congress end the three-decade long Left Front regime. The matter would come up for further hearing tomorrow.