Kolkata: Akash Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accused of assaulting a cop, was on Friday granted bail till August 12 by Alipore court. Three others were also given bail on bond of Rs 10,000.
Banerjee and his associates Nitish Singh, Md Sarmuddin and Amit Mishra had sought bail which was pposed by the prosecution. The court then directed the prosecution to produce the case diary.
The counsels for the accused had stated that their clients had been wrongfully charged under section 353, which is a non-bailable charge.
They pleaded that section 186 (obstructing public servant from discharge of his public duty) of IPC, which is a non-cognisable and bailable charge, should be applied instead.
Claiming that the accused had not assaulted the sergeant, they had stated that it was an incident of traffic violation.
The four had been charged under sections 353 (assault to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty), 341 (wrongfully restraining a person), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 114 (abettor present, when offence is committed) of IPC and 122, 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
The four were arrested on Wednesday on the express instructions of the Chief Minister for assaulting a police sergeant at Kidderpore in south Kolkata.
With PTI inputs