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Tapas stay extended

Calcutta, Aug. 1: The stay on Justice Dipankar Dutta’s order of a CID probe into Tapas Paul’s “rape-and-shoot” speech was extended till August 14 by a division bench of Calcutta High Court today.

The hearing of two appeals moved by the state government and Trinamul MP Paul seeking a stay on Justice Dutta’s order ended today. The division bench of Justices Girish Gupta and Tapobrata Chakrabarty reserved its verdict for August 13.

The petitioner’s lawyer, Aniruddha Chatterjee, today alleged a “nexus” between the government and Paul.

Justice Gupta said: “Both the CID and the police are under the state government. If we agree that there does exist a nexus between the government and Paul, how much extra can the CID achieve?”

“The police should be given the opportunity to investigate the case,” he added.

Chatterjee alleged that Nakashipara police station in Nadia had sat on the complaint his client lodged on July 1.

Justice Gupta replied: “The MP had said he would ask his boys to rape. His boys may not agree to rape. So many things happened after Julius Caesar delivered his speech. Nothing seems to have happened after the MP’s speech.”