Saturday, October 17, 2015

HC stays case of attempted molestation and acid throwing

KOLKATA: Nirmal Saha, a bus driver with Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), received a reprieve on Friday after Calcutta high court stayed proceedings against him in a case involving attempted molestation and acid throwing. Justice Ranjit Kumar Bag stayed proceedings against Saha in a Barasat court after coming to know that Saha was driving a bus when the alleged incident occurred.

Saha is a resident of Baguiati and has an ongoing dispute with his brother Sunil and his wife Krishna over property. It was alleged by Krishna that on November 3, 2013, Saha went to their house and proposed sale of the property. When Krishna and her husband didn't agree, Saha allegedly assaulted them, attempted to outrage the woman's modesty and also threw acid on her. Saha was arrested on December 14, 2013 and released on bail by a court in Barasat.

On Friday, Saha moved high court through advocate Phiroze Edulji and claimed that some police officers had connived with his brother and sister-in-law to falsely implicate him in the case. It was pointed out by Edulji that Krishna had no injury marks and the police, while carrying out investigation, had obtained a statement by the CSTC depot manager from Salt Lake and Saha's duty slip that revealed that he was on duty from 2 pm to 9.30 pm on November 3, 2013. It was not possible for Saha to be at the place of alleged occurrence at 8 pm, it was submitted by Edulji as he entered the depot with his vehicle at 9 pm.

After hearing the matter, Justice Bag ordered stay of further proceedings before the second judicial magistrate of Barasat.

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