Rape remark: HC wants FIR against Tapas Pal in 72 hours

The Calcutta High Court has today directed the CID to carry out an investigation into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal's speech where he threatened to kill CPM workers.

FP Staff July 28, 2014 19:49:43 IST
Rape remark: HC wants FIR against Tapas Pal in 72 hours

The Calcutta High Court today directed the CID to carry out an investigation into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal's hate speech where he threatened to kill CPM workers.

The HC pulled up the state police, criticising it for dereliction of duty over the issue, and wanted an FIR to be filed against Pal within 72 hours, reports CNN-IBN.

Rape remark HC wants FIR against Tapas Pal in 72 hours

Tapas Pal in a file photo.

"Shrugging of Pal's speech as emotional outburst is miscarriage of justice," the HC said today according to CNN-IBN.

Justice Dipankar Dutta, passing his verdict on a petition seeking CID investigation into Pal's comments against women and other opposition party supporters at election rallies, directed that the high court would monitor the probe in view of West Bengal government's stand that the complaint did not disclose any cognisable offence and that the state tried to back the MP.

He directed Inspector in-charge of Nakashipara police station in Nadia district to treat the July one complaint by petitioner Biplab Chowdhury, a resident of Pal's constituency Krishnagar in Nadia district, as an FIR.

The FIR against Pal's hate speech will form the basis of the CID probe, which will be monitored by the HC.

Pal was shown in a video footage aired by a vernacular TV news channel on 30 June threatening to kill CPM workers and having their women raped.

"If any CPM man is present here. Listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool Congress worker or their families at Choumaha, you have to pay for this. Don't try to act smart with me. I am smarter than you...

"... Earlier, you guys have bullied me on various occasions. If you insult the mothers and daughters of Trinamool workers. Then I won't spare you. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape. I will teach each of you a lesson," the MP had warned.

Pal had later tendered an apology for his remarks which had triggered a nationwide outrage.

With PTI inputs

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