SC DENIES APPEAL AGAINST PROTECTION FROM ARREST TO SUVENDU ADHIKARI

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suvendu Adhikari, leader of the opposition in West Bengal, will continue to be protected against arrest, as the Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the Calcutta high court’s order in connection with criminal cases lodged against him.

A single-judge bench of the high court had on September 6 granted an interim stay on any coercive action against Adhikari in connection with criminal cases registered against him after he crossed over from the ruling Trinamool Congress party to the BJP.

The West Bengal government had challenged the stay before a division bench of the high court, which upheld the stay. The state government then approached the apex court.

Adhikari had approached the high court seeking stay of arrest in seven criminal cases lodged against him in the state. He had claimed that the criminal cases were the result of “regime revenge” because he had defected to the BJP in the state ruled by the TMC.

One case pertained to a theft of 5,000 and a gold chain, while another related to theft of tarpaulin sheets at the behest of Adhikari. Even an old case of an alleged suicide of Adhikari’s personal security officer was sought to be reinvestigated on a complaint by the widow of the deceased, who alleged murder.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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