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Calcutta HC transfers Sandeshkhali case to CBI Sandeshkhali
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Calcutta HC transfers Sandeshkhali case to CBI

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 Mar 2024, 03:57 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday transferred the Sandeshkhali case stemming from the attack on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officers allegedly by the followers of erstwhile Trinamool Congress leader from West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, Sheikh Shahjahan, to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The court ordered after the ED moved a plea seeking a transfer of the case to the CBI.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam has asked the case to be transferred to the CBI by 4:30 pm on Tuesday.

Shahjahan and his aides have also been accused of land grabbing and sexual assault of women from Sandeshkhali.

After being absconded for 56 days, Shahjahan was arrested by state police last week. He was remanded to 10-day police custody by a lower court.

Shahjahan's two aides, Shibaprasad Hazra or Shibu Hazra and Uttar Sardar- co-accused of land grabbing and sexual abuse- were arrested last month.

What is the Sandeshkhali incident?

On January 5, the ED officials reached Shahjahan's residence to quiz him in connection with the ration distribution scam, in which erstwhile state Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipriya Mallick is already in jail.

In quite an unanticipated reaction, the ED officials were attacked allegedly by Shahjahan's followers who were in huge numbers and were forced to flee the spot boarding a vehicle of a news organisation.

Shahjahan- the head of an administrative block in Sandeshkhali- was an aide of Mallick, who is accused of diverting a huge sum of money from the food distribution system.

After Shahjahan went absconding from Sandeshkhali, a few women came out in protests against the leader accusing him of land grabbing for over a decade.

The protests escalated in February when a large of number of women with brooms, sticks gathered to demand the arrest of Shahjahan accusing him of sexual abuse.

Several women with most of them covering their faces accused Shahjahan and his aides of calling them to the local party office at odd hours. Some accused the TMC leaders of sexual abuse.

Police last Thursday nabbed Shahjahan only after the Calcutta High Court cleared no stay was put on his arrest in connection with the January 5 incident, a claim put forward by the TMC top brass, a party which is at loggerheads with the BJP which runs the Centre.

TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee last Sunday claimed police could not arrest Shahjahan due to a stay order by the Calcutta High Court. The claim was outrightly rejected by the high court.

In another direction, the high court on Wednesday said police or ED or CBI can arrest Shahjahan, who has been remanded to 10-day police custody by the Basirhat court.

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