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Tapas Pal case: Mamata govt against probe order

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, July 29, 2014
First Published: 23:19 IST(29/7/2014) | Last Updated: 02:13 IST(30/7/2014)

A day after the Calcutta high court ordered a court-monitored probe into Lok Sabha MP Tapas Pal’s hate speeches, the law minister of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet, Chandrima Bhattacharya, said the government would appeal to a division bench against the order.

“We will appeal to the division bench of Calcutta high court. But the date is not fixed,” said Chandrima Bhattacharya, speaking to HT.

Meanwhile, Pal’s advocate Rajdeep Mazumdar said he would be moving a division bench against the order by July 31.

“I don’t know about the state government’s move. But I am moving the division bench against the order by Thursday,” said Rajdeep Mazumdar, advocate for Tapas Pal.

Read: Calcutta HC orders FIR against Tapas Pal; TMC silent

Though none would come on record on why the state government is moving the appeal bench, sources in the law department said, the government is free to appeal as it feels that there is no ground for a probe against the MP. The court has asked the police to probe, which is under the state government, argued an official of the law department.

However, Pal’s fellow MP from Trinamool Congress, Mumtaz Sanghamitra, criticised his controversial statements as unacceptable. “Such statements are not accepted. The statements made by a MP or anyone else cannot be supported,” she said.

On Monday, 27 days after chief minister Mamata Banerjee forgave MP Tapas Pal, justice Dipankar Dutta of Calcutta high court observed the Lok Sabha MP displayed an “evil tendency to become law unto himself” that needed to be nipped in the bud before proceeding to order a CID probe to be monitored by the court.

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