HC orders 3-week stay on hearing of Sagar Ghosh murder case
A two-judge bench of Calcutta High Court today ordered a three-week stay on hearing of the Sagar Ghosh murder case after the state government moved an appeal seeking a reprieve from court appearance of Director General of Police GMP Reddy.
The Sagar Ghosh murder case came up before the High Court scanner after Hriday Ghosh, son of Sagar Ghosh, filed a petition seeking a CBI investigation into the alleged murder of his father.
Government pleader Asoke Banerjee , contesting the single-bench order to summon the state Police Director General before the court, pleaded that the Special Investigation Team, headed by Reddy, had already submitted more than 10 interim reports on the progress of inquiry into the murder case.
Mr Banerjee also drew the attention of the division bench to the observations of the single-judge bench published in newspapers today.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Arun Kumar Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi deferred the hearing of the case till the first week of May and asked the state Police Director General to submit a report on the investigation into the case.
On Thursday, single-judge bench Justice Dipankar Dutta asked Reddy to appear before the court and reply why Birbhum district Trinamool Congress chief Anubrata Mondal , implicated in the Sagar Ghosh murder case at Parui village, was not arrested.
Justice Dutta , hearing the Sagar Ghosh murder case, had earlier issued a direction asking police to arrest Mondal in connection with the case.
Unhappy with the progress of investigation into the case, the court last week asked the state police director general to file a report by seven days.
Annoyed with report of the CID, the court on February 14 asked the state government to remove investigating officer Biswajit Chatterjee and directed Reddy to set up a special investigating team to probe the incident.
Mr Reddy formed a four-member team and informed the court of the names of the investigating officials.
Sagar Ghosh, father of rebel Trinamool Congress leader Hriday Ghosh, was shot dead in his residence at Parui village in Birbhum district in July last.
Several Trinamool Congress leaders, including Birbhum district Trinamool Congress chief Anubrata Mondal, are implicated in the case.
Disheartened with the division bench's ruling, Hriday, who was present at the High Court, told reporters,' I thought I would get a favourable order today.'
' Unfortunately, the whole thing is getting delayed,' he said.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)