By A Newsman
Kolkata, 20 March: CALCUTTA High Court has stayed the arrest warrant issued by a lower court against Union minister of state for heavy industries Babul Supriyo for allegedly “outraging the modesty” of Trinamool MLA Mahua Moitra.
The High Court has, however, declined to quash the case against the Union minister at this point in time.
Justice Jaymalya Bagchi today granted the six-week long stay on the arrest warrant after Supriyo’s counsels moved a petition saying that the case against the Union minister was not tenable.
According to Supriyo’s counsel Priyanka Tibrewal, Justice Bagchi has said that the stay could be extended even after the six-week period. A regular hearing into the plea for quashing the case would commence after four weeks from now.
Alipore court in the city had issued the arrest warrant against Supriyo on 10 March. This after police filed a charge-sheet against him under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), showing Supriyo as absconding.
Mahua Moitra, a Trinamool MLA from Karimpur in Nadia, had lodged an FIR against the BJP minister in the Alipore police station on 04 January accusing him of harming her modesty by making “derogatory” comments during a live TV show on NDTV 24X7.
In response to the Trinamool MLA’s allegation on the TV show that Supriyo had financially benefitted from the scam-hit Rose Valley Group, the minister had playfully asked if Moitra was under the influence of “Mahua” ~ a traditional intoxicating beverage popular among the Adivasis.