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Ex-judge surrenders in rape case

Sengupta. (Manoj Biswas)

Ranaghat, Dec. 21: A retired judge who was accused of rape nine years ago today surrendered before a court in Ranaghat, Nadia.

Shyamal Sengupta, 61, who retired as additional district judge of Bankura last month, has been granted bail.

Sengupta, who had heard the 2003 Dhantala rape case as a judge in another Ranaghat court, was accused of raping a woman whose home he had visited in 2004 to provide legal aid after she complained of theft by her husband.

Police filed the chargesheet in the case in September this year. The complainant’s lawyer, Karuna Ketan Sarkar, said the chargesheet was filed only after a “human rights organisation” moved Calcutta High Court. The lawyer could not name the organisation.

Sengupta’s lawyer, Dilip Chaterjee, alleged that his client had been framed. He said the complainant had refused to undergo a medical test.

Asked about the delay in filing the chargesheet, Nadia police chief S.R. Mishra said: “Since the accused person is highly placed, it took time to investigate the matter.”