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HC to Bengal top cop: Explain haste in filing Parui chargesheet (in which TMC accused is missing)

Calcutta, Aug 19 (PTI): The Calcutta High Court has asked West Bengal’s police chief to explain the haste with which the chargesheet in the Parui murder case was filed, and that too without informing the court.

The high court had set up a special investigation team under the Director General of Police to probe the murder of Sagar Ghosh, an independent candidate in the 2013 panchayat elections. Ghosh had reportedly being denied a ticket by the Trinamul Congress.

TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was among the 41 accused in the case, but did not figure in the chargesheet filed before the Suri district court last month.

Justice Harish Tandon, observing that the SIT was supposed to take its leave before filing the chargesheet, has asked the DGP to appear before it on September 4.

The son of Sagar Ghosh had moved the high court in December last seeking a fair and independent probe.

The DGP had earlier been asked to appear before the high court by another judge, Justice Dipankar Dutta, in a different context.

Justice Dutta had asked the DGP to appear before his court on April 11 to explain what action the state police had taken against Mondal even as he was seen in proximity with the high and mighty of the state in photographs published in newspapers.

This was challenged by the state before a division bench, which said it did not see the need to summon the DGP at that stage.

The matter was then assigned to Justice Tandon who is hearing the case.