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Taxpayers bear Tapas bill: Biman

Calcutta, July 30: Left Front chairman Biman Bose today said the state government was using taxpayers’ money to suppress Tapas Paul’s offence and thwart a CID probe by contesting the Calcutta High Court single bench’s order.

“A Trinamul MP used foul words, asked his men to shoot opponents and even spoke of letting loose his people to rape women. The high court single bench ordered a CID inquiry. Now we find the government has moved a division bench to thwart the probe. This is unthinkable,” Bose told reporters at Alimuddin Street.

“This Trinamul MP is not part of the state government. He is also not a minister. But the government is out in the open to defend him and his nasty acts. Why is the government contesting the single bench order? Taxpayers’ money is being used to defend a party MP guilty of a heinous act. How can this be done?” added Bose.

He wondered whether the Bengal government and Trinamul had become synonymous. “If a government rises to the defence of the party, how will democracy survive? It appears Trinamul and the government have become the same,” Bose said.