Court turns down plea against Bose
The high court on Friday dismissed a PIL against Shyam Benegal?s film Bose The Forgotten Hero.
The petition was filed by Surajit Dasgupta and others. division bench of Chief Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice A.K. Ganguly stated in their order that the image of Netaji was too large to be diminished by insignificant scenes in a film. The film, the judges added, could not be viewed as an attempt to denigrate him, especially since it had been passed by the censor board. he petitioners also contested Netaji?s marriage to his German secretary Emilie Schenkl and the paternity of Anita Pfaff. But the order pointed out that it was not the task of the court to see whether Netaji was married or not. Screenplay-writer Atul Tiwari, who had stayed back after the film?s premiere on Wednesday for the hearing, looked relieved after the order. Director Shyam Benegal, too, expressed relief. ?I was not worried about our victory, but about this going on for a while. We have not invented anything. We have gone by whatever has been written,? he said from Mumbai.
Waugh meets Buddha
Steve Waugh, accompanied by officials of an Australian bank, met chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at Writers? Buildings on Friday afternoon and unveiled the master plan for a 400-acre cricket township in the city. The township will be a joint venture between Waugh, the Australian bank and a local partner. Waugh said he wanted to start his business innings in Calcutta, as the city is like his second home.
The high court on Friday directed the civic commissioner to file a report on the status of the proposed malaria hospital. The court expressed displeasure over the civic body?s performance in containing malaria. The order followed a petition by Pradip Roy, who alleged that the civic authorities had failed to eradicate the disease.
A high court division bench on Friday directed the chairpersons of 20 municipalities to appear before it on June 14 and state why they did not file affidavits elaborating the steps they had taken to treat sewage before disposing it in the Hooghly.
Arindam Sarkar, the software professional charged with killing wife Sanjukta earlier this month, has been remanded in judicial custody till May 21. Sarkar was produced in the Salt Lake sub-divisional judicial magistrate?s court on Friday. His mother Zinjir Sarkar, too, has been remanded in judicial custody.
The bail pleas of Prabir Dasgupta and wife Ileena, charged with murdering Pritha Nag, was rejected by the Salt Lake sub-divisional judicial magistrate?s court on Friday. The couple has been remanded in judicial custody till June 9.
The body of a middle-aged woman was found in a pond in Budge Budge on Friday. The body bore multiple injury marks.
Uma Bharati Das, the 11-year-old challenged girl who went missing from Bangur Institute of Neurology on May 4, was handed over to police on Friday by a couple who had spotted her in Posta. Saukat Ali and Ayesha Begum spotted the girl the day she went missing. Uma was later returned to her father, Umesh.
Ban on burning
The state government has banned burning of leaves and debris in the city. Local authorities have been asked to take action against violators, a government statement said on Friday.
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