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Calcutta HC stays proceedings against Bhai Suvendu Adhikari in tarpaulin scam case

By PTI

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday ordered a stay of all further proceedings against Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari and his brother Soumendu in the alleged tarpaulin theft case.

Passing the interim order, Justice Kaushik Chanda observed that the political aspects of this criminal case cannot be dismissed.

The court ordered that all proceedings pending before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Contai, East Medinipur district shall be stayed till six weeks after the ensuing worship holiday.

Justice Chanda directed that the opposite party can file an affidavit in the opposition within two weeks of the holiday of worship.

The court said that the petitioners may thereafter file an affidavit in reply within another week.

The court directed that the plea of ​​Suvendu and Soumendu, former chairman of Contai Municipality, be prayed for quashing of proceedings against them in connection with the case at the Contai Police Station for re-hearing after four weeks after the holiday of worship.

Senior advocate PS Patwalia, appearing for Suvendu Adhikari, submitted that the petitioners were implicated in the case as they had changed their political affiliation from the ruling Trinamool Congress to the opposition BJP.

Senior advocate Kishor Dutta, representing the state, submitted that since the complaint discloses cognizable offences, it is imperative for the police to register an FIR.

Noting that the political aspects of this present criminal case cannot be dismissed, with both the petitioners leaving the ruling party and joining the opposition, the court observed that the present criminal proceedings have been initiated against Suvendu Adhikari in the contemporary criminal case. is one of the cases. change of their political affiliation.

Justice Chanda also took note of an earlier order of another High Court bench in which it had said, “Prima facie it appears to implicate and victimize him (Suvendu Adhikari) in criminal cases and with malicious intent, malice and collateral purposes.” An attempt was made to register an FIR against the petitioner and his associates.”

Suvendu Adhikari’s lawyers had claimed that at least six criminal cases have been registered against him in various police stations of the state as he has changed his political affiliation.

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