The high court on Wednesday rejected the bail prayer of Parag Majmudar, a promoter and key accused in the 9A Short Street case.
Majmudar was arrested on November 13 last year and is in judicial custody.
Two bouncers died when Mamta Agarwal, who lived and ran a playschool at 9A, and her guards allegedly fired at a gang that had stormed the property early on November 11 in an attempt to evict the residents.
Majmudar, who had allegedly masterminded the eviction bid, is also an accused in a case related to an assault on Ratan Lal Nahata, an occupant of 9A, and the snatching of his revolver.
Seeking Majmudar’s bail in both cases, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court moved the division bench of Justice S.K. Mukherjee and Justice S.S. Sadhu of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday.
Majmudar’s counsel submitted that his client should get bail as the charges against him were not serious. “The charges imposed on the petitioner (Majmudar) are not serious. According to police, he had tried to grab a plot. As the investigation is over, my client may be released on bail,” the lawyer submitted.
Opposing the plea, public prosecutor Manjit Singh submitted: “Majmudar is the main accused in the Short Street murder case. He masterminded the eviction bid.”
Counsel for Mamta, who faces murder charges and has been granted bail on health grounds, opposed Majmudar’s bail prayer. “Majmudar had plotted to grab the Short Street property. On November 11, goons hired by him had attacked the property and tried to capture it,” said Mamta’s counsel Phiroze Edulji.
After hearing all sides, the division bench denied Majmudar bail.