Former HC judge threatened for differing with Mamata

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Kolkata, Aug 17: A retired judge in Kolkata who differed with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on the judiciary, reportedly got a series of threatening calls over the phone. He has filed a police case against the threats.

Samaresh Banerjee, the retired judge of the Calcutta High Court, had participated in a TV programme on Wednesday where he spoke against the CM's allegations that the judiciary in the country could be bought. Justice Banerjee had received two phone calls on that night.

One of the callers claimed that he was a journalist with an English newspaper and slammed the judge for criticising Banerjee. The former judge contacted the daily but found out that none of its reporters had called him up. In the second call, Justice Banerjee was said the legal cell of the Trinamool Congress had prepared a list of corrupt judges and that his name had figured among them.

That was not all. On Thursday, his wife received a call at their home from a mobile number and this time it was a woman's voice. She threatened the judge's wife saying rumours would be spread that the judge had raped their domestic help.

Justice Banerjee also said that the threat callers asked him why did he differ from the Chief Minister. They also termed him a man of the CPI(M) and that many a times, he gave his verdict after consulting CPI(M) leader Biman Bose, the veteran judge said. Bidhannagar police said they were probing the case.

A case was filed against Mamata Banerjee in the high court for contempt of court after she questioned the judiciary's integrity.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from Anandabazar Patrika)

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