Renowned Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty has been asked today by the Calcutta High Court to make himself available by way of video conference for interrogation in a case registered against him for alleged incitement to post-poll violence through his speeches.
The Bench of Justice Tirthankar Ghosh fixed the matter to be heard on June 18, 2021 and the investigating officer was directed to at least afford reasonable time to the petitioner for his appearance by way of video conference.
"In the meantime, the petitioner or his advocate-on-record would communicate the e-mail address of the petitioner to the State so that for the purposes of interrogation or answering any query of the investigating officer, the petitioner can make himself available by way of video-conference," added the Court.
Case against Chakraborty
After joining the BJP, Chakraborty, in a political rally at Brigade Parade Ground at Kolkata on March 7, 2021 allegedly uttered dialogues like "marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane (I will hit you here and the body will fall in the crematorium)" and "ek chobole chabi (just one snakebite and you will become a photograph) from two famous Bengali movies.
Pursuant to this, on May 06, 20201, an FIR was filed by TMC party member alleging that these dialogues were a cause for post-poll violence in the state and that he was responsible for post-poll violence and thereafter, a case had been registered u/s 153A/504/505/34 of IPC.
Filing a quashing petition before Calcutta High Court, he submitted that the utterances of such film dialogues were only recreational and that he was innocent and in no way connected with any offence as alleged by the complainant.
As reported by the Indian Express, Chakraborty has sought before the high court, quashing of proceedings against him pending before the additional chief judicial magistrate at Sealdah court.
Case title - Mithun Chakraborty v. the State of West Bengal & Anr.