Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:26:03 GMT

SC seeks responses from Centre, WB on plea on Tamang''s murder

New Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Centre and West Bengal government on a plea seeking a fresh probe into the killing of a Gorkha leader in Darjeeling following allegation that investigation by state police and CBI were "tainted, biased and malafide".

A bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and justices S S Nijjar and J Chelameswar also issued notices to the CBI, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal police and the Darjeeling Police on a petition by Bharati Tamang seeking the probe into the murder of her husband Madan Tamang, President of All India Gorkha League.

Bharati, in her plea, also sought quashing of the charge- sheets filed by the CID and the CBI on August 30, 2010 and August 20, 2011 respectively, saying "investigation has suppressed vital information and evidence whilst submitting both the chargesheet and the supplementary chargesheet in order to exclude the same from the materials to be used in prosecution of the co-conspirators."
She has also sought a direction from the apex court to appoint "an independent Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising of senior officers headed by a competent person or authority of impeccable credentials" to conduct a fresh probe into the conspiracy and murder of Madan Tamang on May 21, 2010 at Darjeeling.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Bharati, sought appointment of the SIT alleging the "police failed to arrest, interrogate and arraign the accused persons named in the complaint and the FIR lodged pursuant thereto which was vital for establishing the extent of the conspiracy to commit the murder."
Tamang was killed allegedly by "a group of about four hundred supporters of Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) carrying deadly arms" on the morning of May 21, 2010 when he was overseeing preparations for a public meeting. (More) PTI HMP SJK RKS HMP

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