QKolkata: Bengal Govt Lawyers Boycott Judge; Mamata Slams Puja Tax

1. Bengal Government Lawyers Boycott Calcutta High Court Judge

The Bengal government’s panel of lawyers in Calcutta High Court, including advocate general Kishore Dutta, boycotted the court of Justice Samapti Chatterjee on Monday, 22 July, saying the judge was not hearing their submissions properly.

Justice Chatterjee said in an open court that she wasn’t bothered with the boycott.

“The state panel lawyers have decided not to attend this court. Through this decision, the state lawyers have done injustice to this chair. They have lodged a written complaint before the chief justice against me. I don’t bother. The state lawyers did not assign me to hear municipal cases. The chief justice has ordered me to hear the cases,” she said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Mamata Slams Durga Puja Tax

Mamata Banerjee on Monday criticised the Centre over income tax notices to several Durga Puja organisers in Bengal, asserting that those who held such religious events should not be taxed and accused the BJP of insulting the festival.

“When the elections come, they get busy in communal politics. A festival is always a festival. I will simply say if a party uses funds for elections, that is not under income tax. Funds used by the Puja committees should not come under income tax,” the chief minister told a news conference at Nabanna on Monday.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Actor Swipe at Mamata Over Cut Money

Tollywood actor Rudranil Ghosh, known for his proximity to the Trinamool Congress, on Monday criticised Mamata Banerjee and her party over the “cut money” controversy, a day after his absence from the Martyrs’ Day rally.

“She (Mamata) herself brought cut money into the lexicon and people have been returning money every day. That is creating a perception in the people that this party clearly — perhaps — runs on cut money,” he said in an interview to ABP Ananda.

Trinamul secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said the party would listen to what Ghosh had to say. “He is not going anywhere. We will listen to him and take his opinion.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

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4. Fire Breaks out at BSNL Office in West Bengal’s Salt Lake, No Casualties

A major fire engulfed the three-storey BSNL office in Salt Lake on Monday evening, fire officials said. No casualties were reported.

Six fire tenders were pressed into action to contain the fire at tank number 13. The fire spread to a neighbouring building and other properties. It was put out within a few hours, said a fire official. State fire minister Sujit Bose spearheaded the anti-fire operation.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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5. Calcutta Metro Probe Report by 22 August

The commissioner of railway safety (Metro circle), probing Saturday’s fatal accident at Park Street station, will have to file a preliminary report within 40 days of the accident, that is by 22 August.

Commissioner J.K. Garg, who completed his inquiry at the Metro headquarters on Saturday, has provided a list of immediate suggestions in the wake of the accident, in which a 66-year-old passenger had a part of his hand stuck between the flaps of a door and was dragged to death. The list was tabled to the Metro general manager on Saturday, sources said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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