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Cattle smuggling scam: PIL filed in Calcutta HC against parallel probe by CID

KOLKATA: A public curiosity litigation (PIL) was filed within the Calcutta Excessive Court docket on Tuesday objecting to the parallel probe by the Prison Investigation Division (CID) of West Bengal Police into the multi-crore cattle smuggling rip-off.

Suman Shankar Chattopadhyay, the petitioner, has argued that when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is already conducting a probe into the cattle smuggling rip-off, a parallel probe by the CID was redundant.

In accordance with the petitioner’s counsel, Jaideep Kar, in a state of affairs the place the CBI has already made sufficient progress within the matter, a parallel probe by CID is past the latter’s authority.

Difficult the admissibility of the PIL, state advocate normal SN Mukhopadhyay mentioned that the police have launched its personal investigation within the matter primarily based on an FIR filed by the Border Safety Force (BSF) in November 2019.

Mukhopadhyay questioned the justification of submitting the PIL at such a later date and appealed that there shouldn’t be any interim keep within the CID’s personal investigation within the matter.

CBI’s counsel, Billwadal Bhattacharya, argued that the central company is probing the matter since nationwide curiosity pertaining to the worldwide borders is linked with the matter.

The petitioner’s counsel argued that the intention of the PIL is just not searching for a keep in the whole investigation course of. “We want the CBI to probe the matter since the internal borders are under the jurisdiction of the Union government,” he mentioned.

After listening to each side, the division bench of the Calcutta Excessive Court docket requested the state authorities to submit its arguments within the matter within the type of an affidavit inside the subsequent three weeks.

CBI has arrested Trinamool Congress strongman Anubrata Mondal and his bodyguard Sehgal Hossain in reference to the cattle-smuggling rip-off. Each are in judicial custody now.

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