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'Why the state is interested in protecting someone?' Supreme Court raps Bengal govt over Sandeshkhali case
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'Why the state is interested in protecting someone?' Supreme Court raps Bengal govt over Sandeshkhali case

| @indiablooms | 08 Jul 2024, 01:08 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the West Bengal government over the Sandeshkhali case where suspended Trinamool Congress leader Sheikh Shahjahan is accused of sexual assault and land grab in the island of the state.

The top court has upheld the Calcutta High Court's order of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the allegations levelled against Shahjahan by several women from Sandeshkhali.

The Supreme Court rapped the state government saying as quoted by Hindustan Times, "Why should the state be interested in protecting someone?"

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 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 had 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.

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