“This is the chance for the common people to reply to state’s atrocities. I will urge people to go out and cast votes. You may vote for any party of your choice as long as you don’t vote for the party that have unleashed terror and curbed right to freedom of speech and expression,” Ganguly said at a press conference organised by the Association to Protect Right to Freedom of Expression and Digital Democracy.
“Only people can reply to this misrule. They should decide if they want to prolong the rule of this government, which has thrown all norms out of the window. Don’t let go of this opportunity,” he added. Former Jadavpur University V-C Ashok Nath Basu, who is the president of this association, cited the example of university professor Ambikesh Mahapatra who was booked for forwarding a cartoon of Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee on a social networking site.
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“The state government had ignored the recent Supreme Court order and not withdrawn the case against him even after Section 66A of the IT Act, under which the case was started, has been scrapped. We demand that the case against Ambikesh Mahapatra be withdrawn… he should not be harassed,” he said.
Mahapatra, who was also at the meet, said: “The state had produced a 96-page chargesheet… even after the scrapping of Section 66A, the state has done nothing to withdraw the case. Going by my experience, I am sure that the state will file a review plea. Since the CM doesn’t care about rules, we will have to move court against the state for contempt of court.”