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Harassment cry on court premises

Arup Das, an advocate of Calcutta High Court, complained to Bar Association secretary Amal Mukherjee on Friday that his wife, employed with the judges' library in the court, had been 'sexually harassed by the driver of a judge' on the premises on Thursday. Das also said that when he tried to catch the 'culprit', he was manhandled by the drivers of other judges.

According to Das, his wife had lodged a complaint with registrar general of the court Raghunath Roy and Hare Street police station. While Roy refused to comment on the matter, Hare Street thana officers confirmed the complaint had been lodged late on Friday.

In his letter to the association, advocate Das said that around 10.15 am on Thursday, he had received a call from his wife informing him that she had been 'assaulted' by the driver of a judge.

Members of the executive committee of the Bar Association said the panel has convened a meeting on Monday to discuss the matter. West Bengal Bar Council will soon take up the matter with the chief justice, said vice-president Uttam Majumdar.

Girl down with dengue

Papiya Sarkar, 11, a resident of Jodhpur Lane (ward 92) was admitted to BC Roy Memorial Hospital for Children on Friday with suspected dengue fever. Civic officials said Papiya's blood samples have been sent for tests and the report would be available in a day or two. Since January, 17 persons in the city have been affected by dengue.

Counsel chaos

Counselling for students who have qualified for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) was suspended for an hour on Friday, following an agitation by a section of students at Asutosh Birth Centenary Auditorium of the Indian Museum. The students were protesting the state government's decision to distribute seats on the basis of their all-India ranks on the AIEEE merit list. They demanded they be allotted seats on the basis of their state-level ranks. N.R. Banerjea, chairman of the state JEE board that was organising the counselling, intervened to bring the situation under control.

Estate case

Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the state pollution control board to distribute copies of the PN Roy Committee report to all parties related to a case filed against South City by Trinamul Congress MLA Javed Khan. The committee was constituted by the board to inquire into the environmental aspects of the South City project, off Prince Anwar Shah Road. The next hearing of the case will be after two weeks. In another petition related to the same project, heard analogously by the court, the petitioner prayed for an injunction on work on the third and fourth towers of the estate. The court passed a specific order, but heeding a prayer from South City, prevented it from being made public.

Flight snag

An Indian (airlines) flight on the Calcutta-Gaya-Yangon route made a 'precautionary landing' at Calcutta on Friday, following decapping of the left front tyre of the aircraft while it was taking off at Gaya. Airlines officials said the flight, carrying 92 passengers, returned to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at 1.30 pm. Air Traffic Control had declared an emergency. The flight finally left for Yangon at 4 pm.

Sleaze arrests

Eight persons were arrested in a house on Prince Anwar Shah Road on Friday evening in connection with a sleaze racket.

Run over

A middle-aged woman died after being run over by a bus, on route 17B, on Strand Road on Friday.

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