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Court non-bailable stick

Suri, July 26: A Birbhum court today asked police to initiate cases against Trinamul district president Anubrata Mondal under three non-bailable sections of the IPC for his “provocative speech” last week.

The directive came after a copy of the general diary and a CD of his speech were submitted.

Yesterday, the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) of Suri court had refused to accept an application from the police to start a case against Mondal because the two documents had not been submitted. The police had only submitted an application praying to start a case against Mondal under bailable sections.

CJM Rajesh Chakraborty today went through the extract of the general diary and saw the CD of Mondal’s speech in presence of additional public prosecutor Kunal Chatterjee before asking the police to start cases against the Trinamul leader.

“The magistrate asked the police to start cases against Trinamul district chief Anubrata Mondal under the non-bailable IPC charges 332, 353, 436 and 117,” Chatterjee told reporters after the case was heard in the court.

Under Section 436, an accused can be punished with life imprisonment.

During a panchayat election campaign rally on July 17, Mondal had instructed Trinamul supporters to “burn down” the houses of rebel party workers contesting the polls as Independents. He had also urged the activists to hurl bombs at the police if they came to the rescue.

Police sources said Mondal was initially charged under bailable sections “in an apparent bid to save him”. They started a case on July 23 after a prod from the poll panel.

IPC SECTIONS

Charges against Anubrata Mondal

Section: 117
IPC — abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons
Penalty: Imprisonment upto three years or fine or both

Section: 332
IPC - voluntarily causing hurt to a public servant in discharge of his duty
Penalty: Imprisonment upto three years or fine or both

Section: 353
IPC — assault or use of criminal force on public servant with intent to prevent him from discharging duty
Penalty: Imprisonment upto two years or fine or both

Section: 436
IPC — commit mischief by fire or explosive substance to cause the destruction of any building
Penalty: Imprisonment for life, or upto 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine