Behrampore, Oct. 7: A Murshidabad court today rejected Adhir Chowdhury’s plea that he should not be arrested in connection with a murder case till his anticipatory bail petition is heard on October 29.
The junior railway minister has a non-bailable warrant against him in the case involving the killing of a Trinamul worker in 2011.
“I submitted a ‘not to arrest’ petition before the judge. The petition requested the judge to issue an order saying that my client cannot be arrested till October 29 when the hearing of his bail petition comes up,” Chowdhury’s lawyer Abu Bakkar Siddique said after filing the plea to prevent the arrest.
The petition was filed before vacation judge Dulal Chandra Dhar of Murshidabad district court.
A Behrampore court had issued the arrest warrant on September 29 after Murshidabad police submitted a chargesheet in which the minister has been accused of murder and conspiracy. Other than Chowdhury, a Congress worker, Lochan Mondal, has also been named.
Chowdhury filed the bail plea on October 1.
Rabishankar Chatterjee, a Calcutta High Court lawyer, said: “In this case, the police can always arrest Adhir Chowdhury if they want to. Now, Chowdhury’s lawyer can move the high court to submit a ‘not to arrest’ petition.”
District police chief Humayun Kabir declined comment when asked whether Chowdhury would be arrested at the moment.
Repeated calls to the minister went unanswered.
The Murshidabad Congress has decided to take out a rally of senior party leaders on Wednesday to protest the warrant against Chowdhury.