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SC stops West Bengal police from arresting Trinamool deserters | India News

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NEW DELHI: At a time when the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is facing desertions, the Supreme Court on Friday stopped the West Bengal government from letting loose the police against the deserters and other political rivals by stopping arrest of BJP MPs Kailash Vijayvargiya, Mukul Roy, Arjun Singh and others, against whom it has lodged dozens of FIRs.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy heard senior advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Mahesh Jethmalani for the petitioners, who claimed that ever since some leaders quit TMC and joined BJP, the West Bengal police had registered dozens of frivolous cases against them even when TMC activists were the ones who caused violence against them and their supporters.
The bench issued notice to the Centre, the Bengal government, state DGP and TMC and said no coercive action would be taken against the petitioners by the police till further orders. This means the police cannot arrest any of the petitioners on the basis of the FIRs so far lodged against them.
“A police state has been created in the state by the TMC government. It is letting loose the police after every person who has left TMC and joined BJP and even against political rivals. The police are registering false cases at the behest of political bosses,” the petitioners said.
The petitioners included Vijayvargiya, an MP from Madhya Pradesh; BJP secretary and in-charge of West Bengal Arjun Singh who is a four-time TMC MLA from Bhatpara and now BJP MP from Barrackpore; Singh’s nephew Sourav Singh who too left TMC to join BJP; sitting BJP MLA Pawan Kumar Singh; and Bengal BJP spokesperson Kabir Shankar Ghosh.
Arjun Singh, also vice-president of BJP’s Bengal unit, alleged that since he left TMC, the police had lodged 64 cases against him, majority of which was at the behest of TMC leaders on vague allegations, without even carrying out a preliminary inquiry to find out whether any crime was prima facie committed. “There are several cases in relation to the same cause of action,” he said.
Singh, who won from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in 2019, said the police had even tried to arrest him before the counting day. This had forced him to approach the SC, which had protected him from any coercive action from police.
Singh said, “My house was attacked with bombs and my car was damaged by a TMC worker who threw stones, bombs and bricks. My son’s car was also vandalised. Even after the Lok Sabha elections, the violence against me has not stopped. My residence was attacked in which seven rounds were fired and two bombs were hurled at my residence and office.”
Vijayvargiya too alleged that just because he was a leader of a party standing up to the violence unleashed by the TMC and protesting against the Banerjee government, the state police had lodged numerous frivolous FIRs against him at the behest of ruling party leaders to wreak political vengeance.

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