Sunday, November 17, 2013

Junior railway minister's interim bail extended to November 28

BEHRAMPORE: Junior railway minister Adhir Chowdhury's interim bail was extended to November 28 on Saturday without any hearing at the Behrampore district judge's court as a separate case is on at Calcutta high court to judge if the decision to extend his interim bail earlier was correct. Saturday was the last day of interim bail granted to Chowdhury in a murder case and he was present in the court of district judge Prasenjit Biswas as directed.

Most of his supporter MLAs, including Manoj Chakraborty, Saoni Singharoy and Safiujjaman, were present as they were anxious to know whether the court would cancel the bail, against which the state has filed a petition in Calcutta HC. The state's contention is that the extension of Chowdhury's interim bail on October 29 may affect law and order.

Chowdhury stayed in the court from around 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Public prosecutor Debashis Roy argued that since the high court has fixed November 21 for the hearing, the matter is now sub judice. "I request the judge to adjourn the hearing today," he said.

Chowdhury's counsel Kanchanlal Mukherjee argued that since seven other accused in the case are already out on bail, there should be no problem in granting Chowdhury bail and adjournments may be troublesome to a VIP like Chowdhury.

The judge initially set the date for the next hearing on November 25 but postponed it to November 28 after advocates told him that November 25 has been fixed for declaration of Behrampore civic poll results.

"It is clear that this is the state government's conspiracy to send me behind bars before the Behrampore civic polls on November 22," Chowdhury said. "But I have full faith in the judiciary," he added.


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