Bharati Tamang moves petition in Calcutta High Court

Bharati Tamang
Bharati Tamang, the wife of ABGL president Madan Tamang who had been killed in Darjeeling in May 2010, today moved a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking early hearing of the applications for anticipatory bail by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung and others.
A CBI court in Calcutta had asked Gurung and 22 other accused in the Madan Tamang murder case on May 29 last year to surrender before it. They soon moved the high court to avoid the summons.
In her petition, Bharati claimed that as the hearing of the petitions moved by Gurung and others was not taking place and the judge had issued an interim stay on their arrest, she and other members of the AIGL had been facing regular threats from Morcha activists. She approached the division bench of Justice Asim Roy and Justice M.M. Banerjee, which was assigned to hear the pleas by the murder accused.
The bench advised Bharati to file an affidavit and assured her that they would hear her petition on Wednesday to fix an earlier date of hearing Gurung's petition.
The pleas by Gurung and others came up for hearing before the division bench last on February 9. But CBI counsel Ashraf Ali sought time till May because additional solicitor general, Maninder Singh, who had held the brief on behalf of the CBI in the particular case, would not be available.
The division bench expressed anguish over the delay on the part of CBI and postponed the hearing till May.
But today, Justice Roy, the senior judge of the division bench, told Bharati's counsel: "On Wednesday, I will try to fix a date in April for hearing of the case."(TT)

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