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


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 22:14

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