Chargesheet in Parui murder filed as per legal advise: DGP

Parui murderThe West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) today told the Calcutta High Court that chargesheet was filed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the Parui murder case without taking leave of the court, which is monitoring the investigation, as per legal advise given by a state counsel.

DGP G M P Reddy, who appeared before the court personally as per its direction to explain why chargesheet was filed without taking its leave, told Justice Harish Tandon that as statutory custody period of one of the main accused in the murder of independent panchayat member Sagar Ghosh was getting over, legal advise was taken which said that chargesheet be filed before the trial court.

Asked by Justice Tandon that whether he felt he should have taken leave of this court before filing the chargesheet as the case was being monitored by it, the DGP said that he took legal opinion from state advocate which he said indicated that the court had not passed any order restraining the SIT from filing the chargesheet.

Justice Dipankar Dutta, who was earlier hearing the petition seeking independent investigation into the murder as ruling party leaders and supporters were among the accused, had formed the SIT involving CID officials and headed by the DGP himself on February 14 and had directed it to file reports on progress of investigation into the matter.

Reddy submitted that as per the legal advise, he had asked the SIT to file the chargesheet before the trial court at Siuri in Birbhum district.

Asked whether he felt that chargesheet should have been filed against Anubrata Mondal, one of the accused and Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress, the DGP said that his speech pertained to another case which was being investigated.

Kingfisher moves HC against UBI default notice

KingfisherThe grounded Kingfisher Airlines today moved the Calcutta High Court challenging a communication by the United Bank of India that asked its chairman Vijay Mallya and other board members to meet the bank officials for alleged wilful default on payment of dues to the tune of nearly Rs 400 crore .

The counsels for Kingfisher Airlines submitted before Justice Dipankar Dutta that they have prayed for withdrawal of the notice for wilful default by UBI and that they be allowed a personal hearing along with legal representative on the issue.

They claimed that the bank authorities have refused to allow any legal representative to accompany Mallya or his board members for the meeting, which was scheduled to be held at the UBI headquarters here today. They submitted that the bank cited the Master Circular of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which has not kept any provision for such representation.

The counsels claimed that as there was no provision, it was the discretion of the bank concerned, but the UBI has disallowed its contention without citing any reason. The counsels for UBI submitted that a credit limit of Rs 398.22 crore was sanctioned to Kingfisher Airlines, Bangalore, by the bank.

They alleged that repayment was defaulted and funds were diverted. It was claimed that a consortium of banks with the lead bank being the State Bank of India had extended loans to Kingfisher. UBI was part of the consortium.

They stated that it was just a showcause notice wherein the airline authorities were required to produce the accounts. After hearing both parties, Justice Dutta said that orders would be passed tomorrow.

(Source: PTI)