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‘Saviour’ to bail foe

Calcutta, Sept. 3: The Bengal government has decided to appeal to the Supreme Court to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to a businessman whom the Trinamul Congress had once allegedly requested to “save” two newspapers of the Saradha Group.

Asif Khan, who sources said was once the observer of Trinamul’s Uttar Pradesh unit, had been accused by another businessman of that state of taking Rs 20 crore from him on the false promise of giving him a plot in Rajarhat.

Khan, whom Trinamul had allegedly requested to “help” a Bengali and an Urdu daily after the Saradha Group went bust last year, had applied for anticipatory bail in Calcutta High Court and got it today.

Kalyan Banerjee, senior advocate and Trinamul MP, said later: “The state will move the Supreme Court, seeking cancellation of Khan’s anticipatory bail.”

Banerjee did not clarify why the government would make such an appeal.

Trinamul has denied that Khan was a member of the party.

Sources said that for a few months since May 2013, Khan had been seen at the office of the two dailies.

Last year, he was accused of assaulting a doctor in a Calcutta nursing home.