Kolkata, Nov 26 (The Street Press India) – On Friday night, Opposition Leader Suvendu Adhikari took action by emailing a complaint to Hare Street police station. The complaint was against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had threatened to arrest eight BJP leaders in response to the earlier arrest of four MLAs from her party.
Adhikari has asked the police to file an FIR based on his complaint, emphasizing the need for specific charges under the Indian Penal Code for the threats made. Despite lodging the complaint with Hare Street police station, he anticipates they may not register a case. He plans to escalate the matter, stating, “After three days, I will move the ACJM (additional chief judicial magistrate) court. Later, if need be, I will approach Calcutta High Court and the Supreme Court.”
On Saturday, Adhikari asserted, “Such audacious comments by Mamata Banerjee will be her last such comment. I will fight to stop this type of culture as the leader of the Opposition.”
On Thursday, Adhikari announced his plan to file a police complaint following Mamata’s threat during a meeting with Trinamul workers at Netaji Indoor Stadium. The Chief Minister had warned of arresting eight BJP members in response to the central agencies detaining four Trinamul MLAs.
Mamata claimed, “They have jailed four of our MLAs. They are trying to reduce our number (of MLAs) through such moves. If they send four of our MLAs to jail… we vow on behalf of our party to arrest eight of their (BJP) people”.
Partha Chatterjee, the former education minister, along with Trinamul MLAs Jiban Krishna Saha and Manik Bhattacharya, are currently in jail related to the alleged cash-for-schoolteachers’ job scam. Additionally, Jyotipriya Mallick, the former food minister and current forest minister, is in custody in connection with the alleged PDS scam. Trinamul leader Anubrata Mondal is held in Delhi’s Tihar jail due to his alleged involvement in cattle smuggling.
Adhikari expressed in his complaint, “That being a political leader, Head of the Ministry of Home in the state of West Bengal as well as the Hon’ble chief minister of West Bengal, when such person delivers a speech of such provocative nature indicative towards me and the members of my political party criminally intimidating us with dire consequences and false charges leading to capital punishment under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder)”.
“In view of such circumstances, I request your good office to bring such perpetrators of crime to justice upon registering an FIR against the aforesaid accused persons. Kindly treat this letter of complaint for purpose of registration of an FIR,” the complaint added.
Trinamul leaders characterized Adhikari’s complaint as merely a “panic reaction.”
Trinamul’s Kunal Ghosh commented, “This is a panic reaction from Suvendu Adhikari as he knows he is an accused in several criminal cases. The CBI should arrest him first in connection with scams like Narada and Saradha”.