Dhiren Rajbangshi (left) and Biswajit Chakrabarty after being released on bail on Tuesday. (Biswarup Dutta)
The Barrackpore court on Tuesday granted bail to two guardians arrested for Thursday’s vandalism at Christ Church Girls’ High School and remanded a third accused, an outsider, in judicial custody.
Those who have been granted bail are Dhiren Rajbangshi and Biswajit Chakrabarty. The one whose plea was rejected was Golam Mohammad Ali, who runs a meat-shop near the Dum Dum school.
Ali, who has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days, was the first outsider to have been arrested for the vandalism, along with the two fathers, on September 14.
In his written petition public prosecutor Sankar Das Bandopadhyay had opposed the bail plea of the parents and sought judicial custody for them. But in his submission he did not oppose the duo’s plea.
The additional chief judicial magistrate, Indranil Chakrabarty, took five minutes to grant bail to Rajbangshi and Chakrabarty.
“The public prosecutor’s silence in the courtroom indicated that the prosecution was not opposed to the bail plea by the accused fathers. His written petition was only meant to be a piece of evidence to reject charges of being lenient to the accused,” said Anindya Sundar Das, a high court advocate.
Another outsider, Arun Chakrabarty, was arrested on Monday night from Kajipara in Dum Dum in connection with the vandalism. He was produced before the magistrate on Tuesday and remanded in judicial custody for three days.
Dum Dum police have so far arrested 15 persons, including six guardians, in connection with the ransacking of the school.
When the case came up for hearing around 3pm on Tuesday, lawyer Kaushik Mukherjee, who was defending the two fathers, submitted the identity cards of their daughters and the roster of the school’s half-yearly exam before the magistrate.
“My clients took their daughters to the school on Thursday as an exam was scheduled for the day. They did not go there to create any trouble. The fathers remained mute spectators all through. How can the police book them in connection with the vandalism case?” Mukherjee submitted.
While going through the school documents, the magistrate wanted to know what Ali was doing at the institution at that time. An advocate defending the meat-seller submitted that Ali had gone there as his shop was opposite the campus.
Around 3.05 pm, the magistrate delivered his order granting bail to Rajbangshi and Chakrabarty and remanding Ali in judicial custody for 14 days.
While walking out of the court, Chakrabarty took off his shirt and covered his face.
“I am happy that the court has granted my bail…. I will not show my face because it may invite trouble in my locality,” said Chakrabarty, who works in a private firm.
On seeing photographers standing outside the court lock-up, Rajbangshi started running away with a smile on his face.
“I was falsely charged by the police. The bail order proves that I was not guilty. I had to go to the school for my daughter’s exam,” said fish trader Rajbangshi.