Kolkata: A division bench of the Calcutta High Court today stayed till tomorrow the execution of a single bench order that directed registration of FIR against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his insensitive comments against women and transfer of the case to CID within 72 hours.
A division bench comprising Justice Girish Gupta and Justice T Chakraborty directed that “since we are in seize of the matter, the order will not be given effect to till 2.00 PM tomorrow.”
The bench adjourned hearing of the matter till tomorrow and the matter would be taken up at 10.30 am.
The day-long stay was granted after Kalyan Banerjee, a TMC MP and a senior advocate who appeared for the state challenging the single bench order, prayed for an interim injunction on Justice Dipankar Dutta's order.
He submitted that as Justice Dutta had on Monday ordered that an FIR be registered against Pal within 72 hours of posting of his order in the high court's website, a stay be granted on the order.
During the proceedings, the bench asked the counsel for the petitioner against Pal to read out the alleged utterances of Pal in public meetings and explain whether the complaint contained any cognisable offence by the MP or whether Pal has committed any cognisable offence.
Both the West Bengal government and Pal himself have moved appeals challenging Justice Dipankar Dutta's order.
Aniruddha Chatterjee, counsel for petitioner Biplab Chowdhury who had filed a complaint against the two-time MP at Nakashipara police station in Nadia district in Pal's constituency Krishnagar, submitted that the actor-turned-politician had said “he was carrying a gun.”
At this, Justice Gupta said, “He is an MP, he is an honourable person, he can carry a revolver.”