Calcutta HC serves contempt notice to Biman Basu, 2 others

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Kolkata, Nov 27 (UNI) Calcutta High Court today served contempt notice on three senior CPI (M) leaders, including party's state secretary Biman Basu, for making disparaging comments against the Court's recent ruling for CBI inquiry into the March 14 Nandigram firing.

A two-judge bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice S S Nijjhar, issued the notice to Mr Basu, party's senior leader Binoy Konar and CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty on an appeal by the Calcutta High Court Bar Association.

The three leaders have been directed to respond to the notice by the winter vacation of the court. The case will come up for hearing by January 2008.

The Bar Association's lawyers today produced before the court newspaper reports, showing the remarks made by the leaders on the day the court directed the central agency to continue investigation into the Nandigram firing and asked the government to pay compensation to the next of kin of the victims of the firing, the injured and raped women.

Incidentally, a few years ago the high court had issued a contempt notice against Mr Basu for making disparaging comments on a judgement restricting processions and rallies in the city.


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