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Calcutta HC allows CBI, ED to arrest TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan

  • Calcutta High Court grants permission for the arrest of TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan by CBI and ED
  • Shahjahan is accused in the attack on ED officials during a raid and is linked to the Sandeshkhali unrest
  • The court dismisses claims by the state government of a stay on Shahjahan's arrest, emphasizing that the police cannot evade responsibility in apprehending him

28 Feb 2024

In a significant development, the Calcutta High Court has given the green light for the arrest of TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan, who has been evading authorities since January 5. Shahjahan, a zilla parishad leader of the ruling TMC, is accused in the case involving the assault on ED officials during a raid linked to a purported ration scam. The court clarified that its stay only pertained to the formation of a special investigation team, leaving room for the CBI and the ED to apprehend the absconding accused.

“The person couldn’t be apprehended for a substantial period of time. The court has only stayed the constitution of a special investigation team. Therefore, it will be well open to the CBI or the ED also to arrest the absconding accused,” said a division bench of chief justice TS Sivagnanam and justice Hiranmay Bhattacharya.

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