HC Grants Stay on Criminal Proceedings Against Babul Supriyo

An arrest warrant had earlier been issued against the BJP MP

The West Bengal High Court has granted a stay on criminal proceedings against Union minister Babul Supriyo in connection with a case filed by Trinamool Congress.

TMC MLA Mohua Moitra had on 4 January lodged a complaint against Supriyo, alleging that the BJP MP had "used words" intended to "insult her modesty" during a live show on a TV channel.

A District Court had earlier issued an arrest warrant against Union minister and BJP MP Babul Supriyo, in connection with a case filed by the police on a complaint lodged by Moitra. He was summoned thrice in connection with the case, but failed to appear in court each time, citing a variety of reasons, according to a Kolkata Police officer.

Acting on a charge sheet filed by the Kolkata Police on Thursday, the Alipore court had issued a bailable arrest warrant against Supriyo.

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In the complaint she also alleged that Supriyo had tried to make fun of her name by linking it to ‘Mohua’, a local drink, in the TV show on 3 January.

The police had also submitted a footage of the TV programme in which the remarks were allegedly made, the police officer said.

Supriyo, however, could not be immediately contacted for response.

Meanwhile, Moitra said, "law will take its own course and I have faith in our judiciary."