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Short Street accused gets bail

The high court on Thursday granted conditional bail to Pinakesh Dutta, one of the accused in the Short Street firing case.

“The petitioner will have to deposit a personal bond of Rs 10,1000 before the court and have to visit any sub-inspector of Jadavpur police station once a week,” the division bench of Justice P.K. Chattopadhyay and Justice S. Ahluwalia ruled while granting bail to Dutta.

Police arrested Dutta, a real estate agent, on November 15 on the charge of playing a key role in organising the trespass on 9A Short Street that led to the gunning down of two bouncers. The raid early on November 11, was aimed at evicting the occupants.

The high court had earlier rejected Dutta’s bail petition twice.

Moving the bail plea on behalf of Dutta, advocate A. Sanyal submitted: “The petitioner had spent nearly nine months in custody. Police have completed their probe in the case. He should be released from judicial custody.”

Dutta said his client would help the police and not leave the country without the court’s permission after being granted bail.

Public prosecutor Manjit Singh opposed the bail petition.

“Dutta was among those who had organised the November 11 trespass. Evidences may be tampered with if a prime accused is granted bail,” submitted Phiroze Edulji, the lawyer of Mamta Agarwal, who lived and ran a playschool at the Short Street property.

Mamta, who faces the murder charge for the death of the two bouncers, was granted bail last month on health grounds.

Dutta was arrested two days after police rounded up another accused, Parag Majmudar.

According to the prosecution, Majmudar engaged Dutta for making “necessary arrangements” to get the premises vacated.