NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking inquiry into the alleged assault on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her nomination filing rally at Nandigram on March 10, which left her with a plastered left leg which is still on even after a month.
A bench led by CJI S A Bobde said this is not a matter that is required to be entertained by the SC and asked counsel Vivek Narayan Sharma to withdraw the PIL and move Calcutta HC. The PIL petitioners, all lawyers, had also said that a mechanism should be put in place to provide foolproof security to important dignitaries, including chief ministers, during electioneering to avoid such situations in future.
Sharma also argued that the nature of injury to Banerjee’s foot too needed to be inquired into as she was seen swaying her leg. But, the CJI-led bench said all issues can be looked into by the Calcutta HC. “The petitioner seeks permission to withdraw the writ petition with liberty to approach the Calcutta High Court. Permission is granted. The writ petition is dismissed as withdrawn with liberty as prayed for,” the bench ordered.