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Cop off murder case

Calcutta, Feb. 12: Calcutta High Court today decided to remove the police officer in charge of probing the murder of a rebel Trinamul leader’s father and hand over the case to a special investigating team whose chief it would name tomorrow.

The court had on Monday said the CID was “not in a position” to conduct an “impartial probe” into the murder of Sagar Ghosh, the father of Hriday Ghosh who unsuccessfully contested the panchayat polls as an Independent.

“It is final that the present investigating officer will be removed from the case. Tomorrow, this court will decide who will head the SIT for a free and fair probe,” Justice Dipankar Dutta said.

The investigating officer, CID inspector Biswajit Chatterjee, declined comment. Those named in the FIR related to the murder of Sagar Ghosh include Birbhum Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal. The CID has arrested five of the 41 accused.

The court’s decision today followed a submission by government pleader Ashok Banerjee, who informed Justice Dutta that the state had “no objection” if the investigating officer was removed and an SIT formed.

The lawyer said the government would not object if CID inspector-general Niraj Singh was given the case.

Justice Dutta said he would decide on the SIT head tomorrow.

Damayanti busy

Damayanti Sen, the CID deputy inspector-general (operations), today informed the court that she would not be able to head the SIT as had been recommended by the court two days ago.

Lawyer Banerjee told the court: “Damayanti Sen was asked if she would head the team. But she, through a letter, expressed her inability to take up the responsibility because of her existing workload.”

Sen is heading the probe into the Madhyamgram rape and murder under the high court’s instructions.