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Calcutta HC upholds CID probe, filing of FIR against Tapas Paul

Kolkata: In a setback to the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the Calcutta High Court Thursday directed filing of an first information report and a CID probe into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul's kill and rape remarks.

Tapas Paul
Tapas Paul. Photo: AFP

Rejecting the appeals by Paul and the state government, the court Justice Nishita Mhatre upheld the single bench of Justice Dipankar Datta's order, directing a CID probe against the actor-turned-politician for publicly exhorting his party workers to kill CPI-M activists and unleash his boys to rape their women.

Justice Mhatre, heard the appeals afresh after a division bench of Justice Girish Chandra Gupta and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty delivered a split verdict.

Justice Mhatre, however, has clarified the probe by the Criminal Investigation Department will not be monitored by the court.

Thursday's order comes a day after a bench of High Court directed a CBI probe into the 2013 murder of an independent panchayat member in Birbhum district.

Paul representing Krishnanagar constituency in Nadia district had created a nationwide outrage after he was caught on successive tapes exhorting party men to kill CPI-M activists and threatening to unleash his boys to rape their women.

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