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Biswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against former TMC Rajya Sabha MP, now BJP leader, Mukul Roy.The case was filed at Bankshall Court in Kolkata. On the basis of Abhishek’s complaint and the documents submitted, Bankshall Court has issued a summon to Roy on December 20. Post filing the case, Abhishek said that he had been hurt by the allegations levelled by Roy. He also gave a challenge to Roy saying, “If I say something, people might choose to believe me or not. Similarly with Roy. Now it is up to the court to decide and pass a verdict. Then everyone will believe what the truth is. He has alleged that I am the owner of business entities named Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla. If he cannot prove it, he should leave his seat and Bengal. If he can prove it fair and square, I will leave politics.”Roy, however, interacting to mediapersons maintained that he had not said anything without documents. “These papers are that of the corporate affairs ministry. If it is tried in any court of the country, I will be able to prove that what I had said is true,” he said. Reacting to Abhishek’s comments he said, “These are attempts to divert people’s attention from the issue. He is a young man and is immature that is why he throws these challenges.”
ALSO READ Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phoneHe added that earlier Alipurduar District Court had passed an injunction prohibiting Roy from making public statements against Abhishek following a petition by him but Roy repeated it again at a press conference on November 25. “Now I have filed a criminal case against him. I have my full faith on the judiciary. People are watching. We have shown how to win convincingly through ballot. We will do the same in this legal battle as well,” he added.Along with Abhishek, also present at the court was party MLA Smita Bakshi’s son Soumya Bakshi. Abhishek’s lawyer said that the defamation case has been filed under section 202 of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High CourtInterestingly, Roy too, had filed a similar case against Abhishek last week at Patiala House Court in New Delhi saying that the legal notice which was sent to him was defamatory. It will be heard on December 1. State BJP leadership refused to comment on the issue. “It is Roy who has alleged and the case is against him. The party is with him but he himself will have to prove the credibility of his allegations,” said a senior state BJP leader.In another development, the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill (Biswa Bangla University Bill) was tabled by state education minister Partha Chatterjee at the West Bengal state Assembly while Opposition members opposed the title of the bill. Left Front and Congress members suggested that the bill should referred to the select committee which was turned down by speaker Biman Banerjee. Chatterjee said that the name had nothing to do with the Biswa Bangla logo. The proposed university would be located at Bolpur in Shantiniketan. Opposition members said that they opposed the use ‘Biswa Bangla’, which was a tainted phrase, in the name of a university at Shantiniketan because it amounted to an insult to Rabindranath Tagore.

Infant theft case: CM Mamata Banerjee calls for rigid security measures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a meeting of top administrative officials, expressed her discontent on Wednesday over the infant theft incident at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).A three-member committee comprising DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Director of Health and Services Biswaranjan Satapathy has been formed to look into the security aspects at the state hospitals. Sources said that Mamata expressed dissatisfaction over the incident because it had happened at a time when the state government had taken stern steps against errant private hospitals. She asked to step up the security systems at government-run hospitals. “From state-run hospitals to block level health centres, there will be more CCTVs installed to keep better vigilance. All the officials and staff members of hospitals will have identity cards around their neck,” said Kumar. Asked about the Rs 1 lakh award which police had announced, he said that there were possibilities of a foul play in which case, the amount will only be given after a thorough investigation.It was also found that the CM had asked officials to identify the troublemakers who had vandalised the hospital on Tuesday and to book them accordingly.”Some, in an inebriated state have destroyed the hospital’s property. They will be booked,” Purkayastha said.President of the State Medical Council and Head of the West Bengal chapter of the Indian Medical Association, Dr Nirmal Maji said that there will be an end to the system of hiring private aayas at CMCH. “Along with the mothers and the new-borns, only ladies who are in blood relation with the mother will be allowed to stay and wearing identity cards issued by the hospital will be mandatory,” Dr Maji said. Late on Tuesday night, the lady who had stolen the five-day old infant, Chinmayee Bej and her husband Prashant Bej were arrested by police and the child was rescued. They were produced at the Bankshall Court on Wednesday and were sent for a 10-day police custody. None of the lawyers in the court were ready to defend the accused. The couple is charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and threatening.Saurav Naskar, husband of Saraswati Naskar, the woman whose baby was stolen, said, “I have no words to say. Police have worked very well and helped us get back our child. We don’t want anything else.” He further added that they have named the new-born as Debraj Naskar.The accused lived within 50metres distance from Naskar’s house. Neighbours said that Chinmayee, the prime accused, was also supposed to deliver a child in February but had had a miscarriage in December. “She never told it to anyone and when she saw Saraswati’s child she was tempted to kidnap him. Besides, she had been having problems at her home because her mother-in-law preferred a boy. Chinmayee chose the easy way to get a male child for herself,” said a 50-plus neighbour.

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