Kolkata: HC gives Biman and co 6 weeks for affidavit

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Kolkata, Feb 1: Calcutta High Court today asked three CPI(M) leaders, including Left Front chairman Biman Bose, to file an affidavit within six weeks for making disparaging comments on the court's ruling on March 14 Nandigram firing incident.

The incident had claimed 14 lives and left 40 seriously injured.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar issued the ruling after the defendant's lawyer argued before the court praying for more time to file their report.

CPI(M) leaders Binoy Konar, Shyamal Chakraborty and Biman Bose made ''disparaging comments'' a few months ago when the High Court ordered the CBI to re-investigate the March 14 firing incident and pay due compensation to the victims.

The court took up the case on the statements made by the three leaders, which was aired on several television channels and reported by print media.

Three lawyer associations of Calcutta High Court, including the Bar Association and Incorporated Law Society, have filed five petitions before the court challenging the statements.

The case would come up for hearing after eight weeks.


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