New Delhi, Sept. 20: The Supreme Court today restrained former CPM MP Lakshman Seth, a key accused in the Nandigram recapture case, from visiting West and East Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura but refused to cancel the bail granted to him by Calcutta High Court.
The apex court also asked the sessions judge in East Midnapore hearing the recapture case tocomplete the trial within six months.
A bench of Supreme Court Justices A.R. Dave and Dipak Misra said Seth would have to inform the senior superintendent of police, CID, if he intended to file his nomination for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The Bengal government counsels urged the apex court to cancel the bail alleging that Seth had masterminded the attack on villagers during the recapture in November 2007.
Calcutta High Court today directed the state government to give a medical college run by a Seth-headed NGO the letter of consent within 24 hours so that the institution could admit student in this year’s MBBS course.
Advocate-general Bimal Chatterjee told the court: “Both the government and the West Bengal University of Health Sciences have decided to give the consent to the college.”
After the Medical Council of India counsel said the MCI had moved a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the division bench’s August 30 order in which it had asked the MCI to give approval to the college, Justice Nishita Mahtre said: “Your client is directed to issue conditional approval to the college.... The admission of the students, however, will depend on the disposal of the SLP in the apex court.”