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Court rejects RJ bail plea

Calcutta, Oct. 29: A vacation division bench of Calcutta High Court today rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Janardan Nitin Brady, a radio jockey, whose alleged taunts at Indian Idol 3 winner Prashant Tamang became a trigger for street riots in Siliguri.

The Delhi-based RJ is wanted in Bengal on charges of spreading violence. On September 28, 50 persons were injured in Siliguri after a local mob attacked a rally of mainly Nepalese people who were protesting against the RJ’s remarks. The attack itself was sparked by rumours that accused the protesters of hooliganism.

Today, the division bench of Justices Amit Talukdar and Tapas Kumar Giri observed that the allegations against the RJ were serious and the court would not grant his prayer (for anticipatory bail).

Nitin’s counsel Sekhar Basu said “the famous radio jockey” had no intention of insulting Tamang and that he had had even apologised for what happened in Bengal

Appearing for the state, Sushil Mahato said: “There should be an investigation to find out the motive behind the comment (that sparked violence). For this purpose, the state police need him (Nitin). So the court should not grant him anticipatory bail.”

In Darjeeling, Tenzing Khambachey, the commissioner of Ward 14 and the main brain behind the now-dissolved Prashant Tamang Fan Club said he was happy with the court decision.

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