The Bankshall court on Tuesday directed the Dum Dum jail authorities to segregate the eight Kamduni accused from the other prisoners and serve them food after testing.
The court also asked the jail superintendent to deploy guards outside the cells of the accused.
Responding to a petition filed by defence counsel Sanchita Sarkar, the second additional district and sessions judge also directed the police to ensure proper security of the accused while they are being taken to the court from the jail and back.
The high court has shifted the trial from the Barasat court to Bankshall court but the hearing is yet to start even two-and-a-half months after the rape and murder of a college girl in Kamduni.
Phiroze Edulji, who is representing the eight accused, challenged the right of submission of the lawyer hired by the victim’s family. “The lawyer of the victim’s family cannot make his own submission. He can only assist the public prosecutor,” Edulji mentioned in his petition.
Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee, who is representing the family, said he would file his reply on Thursday. He dubbed the defence lawyer’s challenge as a trick to delay the hearing.
The case will be heard again on August 30.
Edulji had submitted a petition seeking an order for the state to arrange proper security of the accused as one of them, Ansar Ali, was attacked by fellow inmates. “I sought security for my clients. I also prayed that food be tested before it is served to them because there is a chance of the accused being given poisoned food,” said Edulji. The court on Tuesday granted all his pleas.
Since the high court directed the state to provide transport and food to the victim’s family on the days of hearing, CID officers on Tuesday offered them Rs 200. The family, however, refused the money.