Kolkata, Sep 24 (UNI) Calcutta High Court (HC) today granted bail to Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhury, who was arrested on a charge of murdering a CPI(M) leader in the district from where he was elected.
A two-judge bench, comprising Justices Amit Talukdar and Arun Kumar Bhattacharya, granted him bail after hearing his lawyer and the prosecution.
The hearing had concluded on September 22 but the verdict was reserved for today.
Mr Choudhury was arrested a fortnight ago for allegedly murdering a CPI(M) leader at Ketugram village of Murshidabad in 2003.
Police had issued charge sheet against 12 persons in connection with the murder. However, in a supplementary charge sheet in 2007, police named Mr Choudhury and local legislator Rabindranath Chatterjee as the accused in the case.
Mr Choudhury was jailed after his bail prayer was rejected by a lower court.
His lawyer Shekhar Bose argued before the HC allegeing that Mr Choudhury's name had not figured in the original charge sheet but police later included Mr Chodhury's and Mr Chatterjee's names to harass them.
After his bail prayer was rejected by the lower court, the HC granted him bail despite the prosecution's opposition.