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Birla case: Court order on personal appearance on June 29

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Jun 17 (UNI) The four accused in the Birla property case today appealed to the court for exemption from personal appearance and representation through advocates.

Chief Judicial Magistrate, Alipore, Ashok Kumar Pal, who heard the plea, directed that orders on the subject would be passed on June 29.

Appearing for S N Prasad, a co-accused with R S Lodha, Dr V Gaurishankar and S K Daga, Counsel Pradip Ghosh submitted that all the four accused were well known people having good standing in society and the question of their identification was not an issue.

Hence, the accused were requesting the Court to allow their applications for exemption from personal appearance in the Court and to be represented through their respective Advocates.

On behalf of the complainant R P Pansari, West Bengal Advocate General Balai Ray submitted that it was for the Court to decide whether all the accused should personally appear before the Court or not. The complainant was not insisting on the personal appearance of the accused at this stage but they should appear personally, as and when needed.

Requesting for a speedy trial, Mr Balai Ray further submitted that this case was of special importance and according to a Supreme Court decision and rules framed on that basis, the criminal trial of this case should be completed within 15 months.

He said the case had started in October, 2004 and more than 15 months had already passed without the trial even having started. The Advocate General requested the Court to hear the application for a search warrant filed by the complainant against the four accused and expedite the trial.

The Court directed that orders on the applications of the accused for exemption would be passed on June 29 and fixed the hearing of the application for search warrant on July 15.


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