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Judge translates for DGP

Calcutta, March 19: Justice Dipankar Dutta of Calcutta High Court today said he had translated into English the Bengali statements of witnesses in the Sagar Ghosh murder case for director-general of state police G.M.P Reddy, who is heading the team probing it.

Sagar Ghosh, the father of a Trinamul dissident who contested last year’s panchayat polls as an Independent, was shot dead allegedly by party activists after a provocative speech by Birbhum unit chief Anubrata Mondal.

Justice Dutta told advocate-general Bimal Chatterjee today: “I have translated the video-recorded depositions made by the witnesses in the Parui case for the benefit of the non-Bengali DG so that he understands the witnesses’ statements better.”

The judge directed Chatterjee to tell Reddy, a Bengal-cadre IPS officer who hails from Karnataka, to go through the translated version of the depositions before submitting his probe report.

A special investigating team appointed by the high court under the leadership of Reddy is probing the murder case. Last week, Reddy had submitted a progress report to the court.

Senior high court advocates said that after going through DGP Reddy’s report, the judge might have felt that the officer had failed to understand several portions of the depositions as the witnesses had spoken in Bengali.

Justice Dutta was hearing the Madhyamgram rape case today when he referred to the Sagar Sen murder case.

The judge, who is hearing the murder case too, asked advocate-general Chatterjee if Reddy himself had gone through the case diary to which the video-recorded Bengali depositions made by the witnesses have been enclosed.

Chatterjee replied: “I have no idea.”

Justice Dutta then said: “I myself have taken the responsibility of translating the depositions into English. Please ask your DGP to read the translated version of the depositions before placing his progress report on the investigation.”

Chatterjee said he would “convey” the judge’s message to Reddy.

The Sagar Ghosh murder case came under the scanner of the high court after his wife, daughter-in-law and son Hriday filed a petition alleging that the police were not conducting a probe on the basis of their complaint and not taking action against the accused.

Birbhum Trinamul chief Mondal is an accused in the case.