The Calcutta High Court today rejected the bail petition of Sunita Agarwal,convicted under Immoral Traffic Prevention Act by the Alipore Fast Track Court in May 2010.
On April 25,2007 the CID had rescued three minor girls from a hotel at Joka and arrested four women,including Agarwal,and a taxi driver. During investigation,the CID found that the girls had been taken to the hotel for trafficking to some other place. In their statement before the magistrate the girls said they were brought to Kolkata for visiting Aquatica,a popular water park.
After the trial,the Fast Track court sentenced Agarwal to seven years imprisonment on May 24,2010. The other three women were released by the court. Following this,Agarwal filed an appeal in the Calcutta High Court challenging the verdict of the Fast Track court.
Moving the bail petition,advocate Siladitya Sanyal pleaded that the CID did not conduct an investigation against the hotel where the girls were kept. The High Court had also granted bail to the taxi driver,Santosh Jha,who had been convicted by the Fast Track court. So the High Court should also grant bail to Agarwal,he said.