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Judges differ on appeal in Tapas Pal's case

Calcutta, Aug 13 (PTI): Two judges of a division bench of the Calcutta High court on Wednesday differed over whether the police should be ordered to register a case against Trinamul Congress member of Parliament Tapas Pal for his comments inciting rape.

Justice Girish Gupta set aside the order of Justice Dipankar Dutta, who had directed filing of a first information report against Pal for his comments made at a rally on June 14 in Nadia district.

Justice T. Chakrabarty, the brother judge, however, dismissed appeals of both the West Bengal government and Tapas Pal against Justice Dutta’s order.

The matter will now go to a third judge to be nominated by the Chief Justice.

The interim stay on Justice Dutta's order would however continue for three weeks, the division bench directed.

On August 1, after completing the hearing, the High Court had said it would give its verdict on August 13 and extended the stay on registration of FIR against Pal for his 'shoot and rape' comments.

It had extended the stay till August 14 on the execution of a single bench order directing registration of an FIR and a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the state police against Pal for his objectionable comments against women.

Justice Dipankar Dutta had earlier ordered registration of FIR and transfer of the case to the CID within 72 hours.