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Mahapatra plea: HC questions police report

Mahapatra had filed a writ petition in HC alleging the state government had decided not to compensate according to the recommendation of the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission.

Calcutta High Court Thursday expressed reservations on the authenticity of the police report in connection with the petition filed by Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra.

Mahapatra had filed a writ petition in HC alleging the state government had decided not to compensate according to the recommendation of the West Bengal State Human Rights Commission. According to the petition, the East Jadavpur Police station allegedly arrested Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta on April 2012, and the Human Rights Commission took suo-motu took cognizance of the alleged illegal arrest of the two.

Arguing for the petition, Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee said a report of the officer in-charge of the East Jadavpur police station was placed before the court. Chatterjee said Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta were attacked by youths in their housing complex and they were taken to the police station. They lodged a complaint against the youths. It was later revealed that they assaulted the two for emailing a cartoon of CM Mamata Banerjee. The duo were then arrested.

Chatterjee said police had offered Sengupta to take bail and allowed him to leave the PS. Chatterjee referred the report, with Sengupta’s statements, of the officer in-charge of the East Jadvapur PS.

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First published on: 21-03-2014 at 03:45:11 am
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