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TMC Hills leader booked for ‘sexual relation with minor’

Sharma’s views were rejected by North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb

The police on Saturday lodged a case against a Trinamool Congress leader after a man accused him of entering into a relationship with his minor daughter.

Trinamool (Hills) general secretary Binny Sharma, however, claimed that the allegations are false and might have been lodged by the party colleagues “out of jealousy” and “to malign my image”.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sharma said, “Many within the Trinamool Congress did not like the fact I have never been involved in any corrupt practices. I believe they (his party colleagues) have done it out of jealousy to malign my image. This taints the image of the party as well. I have demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter and offenders should be punished.”

While Sharma’s views were rejected by North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb, officers at the Naxalbari police station, who are probing the case following the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate, in the meantime have been unable to locate the girl or determine her identity.

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“We received an order from the CJM who had taken cognizance of the complaint filed by the girl’s father and registered a case but so far we have not been able to identify the complainant or the address provided in the complaint,” said a senior officer of Naxalbari police station, and added that the family that lives at the address mentioned in the complaint has only two sons.

Meanwhile, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has come out with a press release, signed by party general secretary Binay Tamang demanding life sentence for Sharma.