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SC notice to Bengal over Birbhum rape

The court order came after Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra urged the Bench to issue a formal notice to the state.

The Supreme Court on Friday said “more effective” steps required to be taken by the West Bengal government regarding an alleged incident of gangrape of a tribal woman in Birbhum district on orders of a kangaroo court.

Issuing a notice to the state, a Bench of Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the West Bengal government to adduce before it copies of FIR and records pertaining to the investigation into the case.

“We can see that the state government has taken some steps. But we want something more. We want more effective steps,” said the Bench, after going through a report of the state Chief Secretary on action taken by police in the case. It directed the state government to place all documents before March 3 when the matter would be taken up for further hearing.

The court order came after Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra urged the Bench to issue a formal notice to the state. On January 31, the SC had directed the state Chief Secretary to respond on what action the police had taken in the case of gangrape of the 20-year-old woman allegedly on the orders of a kangaroo court.