Calcutta, Jan. 30: Calcutta High Court today asked the home secretary to “clarify” why the charge of attempt to murder was not brought against Trinamul leader Arabul Islam for the alleged assault on Abdur Rezzak Mollah.
The division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Mishra and Justice Jaymalya Bagchi also asked home secretary Basudeb Banerjee to file a report on the alleged attack in South 24-Parganas’ Bhangar on January 6.
“This court directs the home secretary to file a report stating the details about the January 6 incident. The court desires that home secretary, in his report, would clarify why the police did not bring attempt to murder charge against Arabul Islam, main accused of the case, under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code,” the bench said in the order.
The bench asked Banerjee to state why former MLA Arabul was not charged under section 326 of the IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt with deadly weapons). Both sections 307 and 326 are non-bailable.
The court order followed two petitions by Mollah’s son Mustaque Ahmed and CPM worker Mansur Sikari.
The petitions claimed that even after Mollah’s driver lodged complaints at Calcutta Leather Complex police station on January 6, the police took the issue “leniently”. The petitioners sought an order from the court asking an independent agency to conduct the probe into the alleged attack.