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Court prod to choose cop

Calcutta, Feb. 13: Calcutta High Court today asked the government pleader to find a suitable police officer to head the special investigating team that would probe the murder of a rebel Trinamul leader’s father in Birbhum last year.

Government pleader Ashok Banerjee appealed in the court that CID IG Niraj Singh be allowed to probe the murder of Sagar Ghosh.

Tapas Ghosh, the lawyer representing Sagar’s family, pleaded with Justice Dipankar Dutta that special commissioner of Calcutta police Soumen Mitra be given the case.

The judge then told lawyer Banerjee: “Either you select Mitra or find another officer of IG rank. Otherwise, I will have no option but to find officers from other states.”

Around 3pm, the government pleader hurriedly entered Justice Dutta’s court and said: “The home secretary is not ready to spare Mitra.”

Lawyer Banerjee then handed a piece of paper to Justice Dutta, saying the home secretary had suggested the name of an officer “who was in the CBI and had joined the CID recently”.

Returning the piece of paper, Justice Dutta told Banerjee: “You please ask Soumen Mitra to come to court at 4.45pm.”

When Mitra came to the court, the judge asked him to wait in his chamber and left the courtroom after a few minutes.

After a 15-minute meeting in his chamber, Justice Dutta told the lawyers of both parties that he would pass his judgment at 10.30am tomorrow.