Calcutta HC rejects anticipatory bail plea of La Mart `HRD visitor`

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 22:14

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today
rejected the anticipatory bail prayer of Ramesh Bhattacharya,
who was charged with impersonation for visiting La Martiniere
for Boys school here claiming to be representing the Union HRD
Ministry.


A division bench of justices Asim Banerjee and
Raghunath Ray rejected the prayer of Bhattacharya, who had
visited the school and allegedly introduced himself as a
member of an investigative committee formed by HRD Ministry to
look into the death of class VIII student Rouvanjit Rawla.
Rouvanjit had allegedly hanged himself at his
residence in February, four days after he was caned by the
school`s principal for indiscipline.


His father had filed a police complaint four months
later claiming that the punishment by the school authorities
had prompted his son to commit suicide.


Bhattacharya, accompanied by Antony Arun Biswas, a
self-proclaimed Christian minority leader, and another person
Dilip Dutta, visited the school on June 23 allegedly claiming
to represent the Union HRD ministry.

Their visit had attracted media interest and this led
to the ministry taking notice with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
denying that his ministry had sent any such person to the
school.


Following this, on June 26 an FIR was lodged at
Shakespeare Sarani Police Station here by G L Jambulkar,
deputy director, department of school education and literacy
of Union HRD ministry, against Bhattacharya, Biswas and Dutta.


It was stated in the FIR that Bhattacharya was not
authorised by the ministry to hold any inquiry and also that
his using the national emblem (Ashok Chakra) on his visiting
card was illegal. The other two were named as his alleged
conduits.


Public prosecutor Asimesh Goswami opposed the bail
prayer claiming that investigation into the matter was at an
initial stage and granting relief would hamper the probe.


Bhattacharya`s counsel Kaji Safiullah submitted that
his client had gone in a personal capacity and had not claimed
to represent the government.


Hearing both the parties, the court rejected the
anticipatory bail prayer of Bhattacharya.

-PTI




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