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The matter is scheduled to be taken up for hearing on Wednesday by a five-judge bench of the high court, presided by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal.
In an indictment of the Mamata Banerjee government, the NHRC inquiry committee report had said the situation in the state is a manifestation of "Law of Ruler" instead of "Rule of Law".
Of the nearly 2,000 complaints related to post-poll violence in West Bengal, around 69 per cent were reported from nine districts.
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The report, which was submitted before the high court on July 13, also recommended a CBI probe into "grievous offences like murder and rape".
Banerjee also expressed surprise over the conclusion that the National Human Rights Commission arrived at in its report without taking into account views of the state government.
The report, submitted before the five-judge bench of Kolkata High Court two days ago, also recommended that grievous offenses like murder and rape should be handed over to the CBI.
The court asked the NHRC to give copies to the state government so that it may prepare its reply during the hearing on July 22.
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The National Commission for Minorities vice-chairman who is in the state from July 6 to July 9, will visit the affected areas in Malda and Murshidabad.
The Governor arrived at the Assembly and was received by Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay.
The five-judge bench castigated the government for its failure to create an atmosphere of trust to rehabilitate people displaced by the violence.
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The court directed that steps be taken to get the statements of the victims recorded under Section 164 CrPC immediately, as per law.
West Bengal Chief Secretary has been directed to preserve all documents related to the state's post-poll violence.
Besides, the PIL has sought setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for probing the causes and reasons of post-poll violence in West Bengal.
MLA Surendra Singh said it is possible that President's rule may be imposed in West Bengal.
The report claimed the incidents of targeted destruction and vandalisation of properties, residential and commercial, have the sole purpose to deprive people of their livelihood.