Calcutta HC asks West Bengal police not to arrest Mukul Roy till 31 March
Kolkata: The Calcutta high court on Wednesday extended an interim order, preventing the West Bengal police from arresting BJP leader Mukul Roy till 31 March in connection with a complaint over the death of a man in 2015.
The court extended the interim order after the West Bengal police moved a plea, seeking more time to find the documents related to the treatment and death of Mrinal Kanti Singha Roy. Singha Roy is considered to be a mentor of the BJP leader during his initial days in politics.
While hearing the anticipatory bail prayer moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, a division bench of justices Joymalyo Bagchi and R. Bharadwaj granted the state time till 15 March, when the matter will be taken up by the court again.
Roy, who was a top Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader before joining the BJP, was earlier directed by the court to cooperate in the probe by the state police and appear before the investigating officer as and when asked.
The bench had, on 30 January, directed the state to produce all he medical records relating to the treatment of Singha Roy. Singha Roy had allegedly suffered a road accident around midnight on 8 June 2011 while returning home at Kanchrapara from Halisahar in North 24 Parganas district. He was treated at a local nursing home and then shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata.
His sister Sonali Kundu had alleged that Singha Roy was made to stay in a lodge under Roy’s supervision after his release from the Kolkata hospital. During his stay at the lodge, Singha Roy suffered a throat infection and died after a prolonged treatment at a city hospital in January 2015, Kundu had said in her complaint.
She had also claimed that she found out from the hospital that Singha Roy had suffered an internal haemorrhage and expressed suspicion regarding the role of the BJP leader in the matter.
The lawyers representing Kundu told the court that her attempts to lodge a complaint had failed and that she was forced to move the local court, which then directed the police to file an FIR (first information report ). Challenging the FIR, Roy had moved the high court, seeking anticipatory bail.
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