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Controversial poem: HC directs police to submit probe report by Nov 17

KOLKATA: Calcutta Excessive Courtroom on Friday directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Detective Division, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, to submit a complete report on an investigation right into a grievance in opposition to poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay for a 2017 poem that allegedly damage Hindu sentiments. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha directed that the report be submitted by November 17 when the matter comes up for subsequent listening to.

Petitioner Biplab Kumar Chowdhury had lodged a grievance in opposition to Bandyopadhyay on the Bidhannagar Police Station round March 21, 2017 for a poem about inserting a condom on a Trishul. The Trishul is taken into account holy by Hindus, significantly Shaivites. After the police refused to take any steps, the petitioner moved the Further Chief Judicial Justice of the Peace of Barrackpore who directed the Inspector-in-Cost of Airport Police Station on April 1, 2017 to deal with the grievance as an FIR and file a compliance report inside 24 hours.

Based on Chowdhury’s counsel Phiroze Edulji, the FIR was lastly lodged on April 11, 2017, almost 10 days after the order was handed by the Justice of the Peace. Nevertheless, the police did not hassle to hold out any probe into the matter or study the complainant or witnesses. This prompted Chowdhury to maneuver the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom in 2017 itself. Whereas proceedings have been on on the Excessive Courtroom, the Airport Police Station submitted its closing report back to the Justice of the Peace.

The petitioner was not glad with this report and moved a protest petition earlier than the Justice of the Peace. The prayer for additional investigation was allowed on December 7, 2021 by the Justice of the Peace. Thereafter, the police sought time from the courtroom on a number of events to finish the investigation. The matter was adjourned on a number of events.

Edulji submitted within the Excessive Courtroom that the investigating officer on this case has adopted a dilatory tactic to delay and frustrate the case of the complainant by not submitting his report regardless of a path by the Justice of the Peace.

Edulji additionally highlighted within the petition the significance of the Trishul to Hindus and why the poem is offensive in nature. Throughout the listening to, the state submitted that the matter has been transferred by the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate to the detective division. Justice Mantha then directed the Deputy Commissioner of the Detective Division to submit the report duly vetted by the Commissioner, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate.

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