- On Monday the court told the police that no coercive action should be taken against Adhikari without their permission.
- The CBI interrogation of the post-poll violence in West Bengal back in May triggered the TMC goons who gathered outside the CBI’s Calcutta office in the Nizam Palace area, attempting to intimidate the premier investigative agency of the country.
- HC suspects political motivation and controversy against Suvendu’s arrest and claims it as ‘Harassment’.
On Monday, the Calcutta High Court not only stayed three of the five cases against BJP leader Suvendu Adhikar but also told the police that no coercive action should be taken against Adhikari without the permission of the court. This rational decision of the Calcutta HC serves as a stop to Mamata’s revenge politics.
The Court directed that the State must take the Court’s leave before initiating any coercive action against Adhikari and further said “The State shall furnish information as regards any further FIR registered against the petitioner. The State shall also obtain leave of this Court before arresting the petitioner or taking with any coercive action against the petitioner in all such cases.”
In July this year, the death of Suvendu’s bodyguard Subhabrata Chakraborty in 2018, took a significant twist when his wife Suparna Chakraborty lodged a complaint with the Contai police station demanding a probe into her husband’s death.
Calcutta High Court Vs Mamata Banerjee
On Monday, regarding the case related to the unnatural death of Subhabrata Chakraborty, Justice Mantha took a strong stance against the reopening of the case, “Why did she lodge a complaint three years after her husband’s death? Was she sleeping? And why suddenly claim it to be a murder and name Adhikari? The court is worried if it becomes an arrest only to harass Adhikari.”
About the death of Adhikari’s bodyguard, the Court observed, “This Court finds that the Contai PS did not even bother to enquire as to what cause the delay of 3 years in the victim’s wife to register a complaint of murder that was originally treated as suicide. Mere nonclosure of UD case is neither enough nor would it ipso facto entitle the Contai PS to register the FIR.”
Justice Mantha further stated that there seems to be a political motive or scheme to ‘entrap’ the petitioner and accordingly observed, “Prima facie there appears to be an attempt at implicating and victimizing him in criminal cases and mala fides, malice and collateral purpose in registering the FIRs against the petitioner and his associates. A scheme and or conspiracy and or pattern and or stratagem appear to have been devised to entrap the petitioner and his associates to ensure their incarceration and custody inter alia to embarrass them.”
The court went on to further observe and directed the police that since Adhikari is the leader of the Opposition, they will have to interrogate him at his convenience. Meanwhile, Adhikari, who was summoned by the CID on Monday, informed the probe agency via e-mail that he would not be able to be present because of his pre-scheduled political programmes. “This is part of the state government’s plan. They are harassing Suvendu Adhikari for no reason. The court verdict is enough to prove this,” BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.
Back in December 2020, Adhikari left TMC and joined BJP.
Additionally, Adhikari delivered a crushing blow to the TMC chief when he defeated Mamata from Nandigram in the 2021 polls and now, he has emerged as the face of the opposition in West Bengal. Mamata could not accept the defeat and thus, she has been up in arms against him and his aides.
Moreover, the CBI interrogation of the post-poll violence in West Bengal back in May triggered the TMC goons who gathered outside the CBI’s Calcutta office in the Nizam Palace area, attempting to intimidate the premier investigative agency of the country. This is not the first time when the Calcutta High Court had prevented Mamata from exercising her tyranny in the State. Earlier in August, the Calcutta High court ordered a CBI probe into the Bengal violence, which instigated Mamata to file a petition in Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision.
The remarkable decision of the Calcutta High Court stands as a pillar of resistance between Mamata Banerjee and anarchy.