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Case filed against Trinamool’s Abhishek Banerjee, others in Tripura




 The Tripura police has registered a case against six TMC leaders including the partys national General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee, West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu and Rajya Sabha Member Dola Sen, for allegedly obstructing police officers from performing their duties.

Director General of Tripura Police V. S. Yadav on Wednesday said that a suo-moto complaint was filed on Tuesday against the six TMC leaders for “obstructing official duties and misbehaving” with the police officers of Khowai police station on Sunday.

“Police would investigate the case now and if necessary they would be summoned,” the police chief told IANS.

Another police official of Khowai district said that the TMC leaders were booked under Section 186 (obstruction to public servants in discharge of his public function) and 36 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Besides Banerjee, Basu and Sen, the three other leaders who were booked by the police include TMC’s Chief Spokesman Kunal Ghosh, Subal Bhowmik and Prakash Das (ex-Tripura Minister).

West Bengal’s PWD and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak said that the TMC would fight to restore democracy in Tripura.

“The BJP is so scared of Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo) that they have started to file false allegations against Abhishek Banerjee and other TMC leaders of West Bengal and Tripura,” the Minister, who is infrequently visiting Tripura since last month, told the media in Agartala on Wednesday.

TMC leader and former MLA Subal Bhowmik, who along with many other Congress leaders joined the TMC last month, said that on Sunday, led by Banerjee and Basu, they went to Khowai police station after 14 TMC leaders were arrested for alleged “violation of Covid protocols”.

“After the local court released the 14 TMC leaders on personal bond, we returned to Agartala. That time police did not mention any issues against us and on Sunday they filed a suo-moto case against us,” Bhowmik said.

TMC General Secretary and Chief spokesman Kunal Ghosh said: “BJP will not succeed against Trinamool by registering false cases and violence.”

“BJP is very scared. They are a divided house. BJP should first control their organization,” Ghosh tweeted in Bengali.

In a video that went viral on social media, the TMC leaders were seen raising their fingers asking the Khowai police station officials “why the 14 TMC leaders and members were arrested after being attacked by the BJP workers”.

Meanwhile, West Bengal’s opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari rejected Mamata Banerjee’s allegations that they were denied basic medical aid and water when the TMC’s 14 leaders and workers were detained by the Khowai police personnel.

“Hereby refuting baseless allegation of the TMC Supremo that her assets weren’t even provided a glass of water in Tripura. Would request her to accord herself the prestigious Mithya-Shree Award (award for falsehood).

“Please accept this request and kindly make us feel obliged,” tweeted Adhikari, who joined the BJP before the recent Bengal assembly polls after quitting a ministerial post in the TMC led government.

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SC judge recuses from hearing Tejpal’s plea in sexual assault case




Supreme Court judge Justice L. Nageswara Rao on Friday recused from hearing the plea by former editor of Tehelka magazine, Tarun Tejpal, against the Bombay High Court, which had declined to entertain his application for in-camera hearing of the appeal filed by the Goa government against his acquittal in sexual assault case.

The matter was listed before a bench of Justices Rao and B.R. Gavai. Justice Rao said that he had appeared for the Goa government as a lawyer in 2015. “Please list this before some other court,” he said.

Tejpal moved the top court on December 4, last year, challenging the dismissal of his application by the high court. He contended that every party has a right to place forth their case in the best possible manner. The plea argued that it would not be fair, if lawyers have to curtail their submissions in the backdrop that some publication may publish something, without exercising due care.

Citing a recent order by Bombay High Court, which passed directions for in-camera hearings in cases under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, Tejpal sought an in-camera proceeding in his matter too.

In May, last year, the trial court acquitted Tejpal of all charges levelled against him, including wrongful confinement, assault with intent to outrage modesty, sexual harassment, and rape against his female colleague. The Goa government filed an appeal challenging his acquittal by the trial court. Tejpal moved the high court with an application seeking in-camera hearing of the matter.

The appeal contended that trial court order was influenced by extraneous and inadmissible material and by testimonies and graphic details of the past sexual history of the victim, which is prohibited by law.

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Madras HC restrains filmmaker, singer from defaming Tamil director Susi Ganesan




The Madras High Court has restrained filmmaker-cum-social activist Leena Manimekalai and singer Chinmayi Sripada from making defamatory statements against Tamil film director Susi Ganesan.

The court’s direction on Thursday came as a major reprieve for the beleaguered director who was charged with rape allegations by filmmaker Leena Manimekalai during the ‘Me Too’ movement.

A single bench of Justice Abdul Qudhoose also restrained certain social media platforms and online news portals from uploading any content pertaining to the allegations.

The court also said that both Manimekalai and Ganesan were injuncted from going to the press as the matter is sub judice.

The interim order was passed by the Madras High Court following a suit filed by Susi Ganesan seeking Rs 1.10 crore as compensation to him from the filmmaker and singer Chinmayi for making defamatory statements against him.

Susi Ganesan alleged that Leena Manimekalai had raised an allegation in 2017 that she was subjected to sexual harassment in 2005 recounting an incident without naming anyone.

Manimekalai under Chinmayi’s influence had in 2018 publicly stated that the person in question was him.

He said that this was a deliberate attempt to tarnish his image after a much thought out strategy at the insistence of the singer Chinmayi Sripada and that he wanted the court to restrain the duo from defaming him and to award him a compensation of Rs 1.10 crore for the damage inflicted on him and his family on a false allegation.

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Kerala HC defers actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail to Saturday




The Kerala High Court posted for Saturday hearing in the Malayalam film actor Dileep’s anticipatory bail petition in the actress abduction case.

This is for the fourth time that the hearing in the case has been postponed.

Deferring the case on Friday, the court told both the sides that since there is a need for a detailed hearing, a special sitting will be held on Saturday despite it being a holiday.

Several twists and turns surfaced early this month after film director Balachandra Kumar made fresh revelations related to the case.

The trial, which was progressing smoothly for the accused, turned topsy turvy when Kumar made an appearance and spilled the beans saying that Dileep, soon after being released on bail, had seen the visuals of the beleaguered actress being assaulted by her abductors.

Until then, only the trial court had seen it. Besides, Kumar made more disclosures and testified before the police and a magistrate.

Based on the disclosures, the police probe team registered a fresh case and Dileep sensing that he might be arrested sought an anticipatory bail.

Dileep was arrested in 2017 and lodged in prison in a case related to a gang sexually assaulting a frontline heroine of South Indian movies and filming it.

After two months in jail, he was released on bail.

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