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Rape & KIll Speech: Tapas Paul Surrenders And Gets Bail

2015-06-29 23:30

Trinamul MP Tapas Paul coming out from court in Krishnanagar after getting bail. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH


Krishnanagar, June 29: Trinamul MP Tapas Paul surrendered before a court in Krishnanagar on Monday for his ‘rape and kill’ speech which he delivered in Nadia’s Choumaha village in last year. Paul, was, however, granted bail by the court against two registered surety bondS of Rupees two thousand five hundred each.

As a consequence of the bail granted on registered surety bond, Paul now has to mandatorily appear before the court on each of the dates the court would ask him to appear, if not otherwise exempted. In case of his failure to appear before the court, the court may penalize the two registered bond providers.

After the bail was granted on surety bonds, Paul left the court with a somber face and refused to speak to the media persons, terming the matter is ‘sub judice’ one. He left the court after some Trinamul supporters garlanded him.

Advocate Shyamaprasad sinharoy, one of the lawyers who appeared for Paul said: 'we told the court that Tapas Paul is a responsible mp. He is also well educated. He would in no way avoid the Court and face the trial. So he may please be granted considering his credibility as a former mla and as a sitting memo of parliament ".

The Court would supply copy of charge sheet to Paul tomorrow.

"The date of trial is yet to be finalized. We came to know that the district judge will decide in which Court the trial will be held "', Sinharoy added.

Paul's counsels meanwhile filed a petition later in the afternoon for exemption of personal appearance for Paul under section 205 of Cr PC. But the petition could not be heard on Monday.

“it is necessary as Paul has been given bail on registered surety bond which makes it mandatory to appear before Court physically ", added 

Paul’s surrendered in the wake of charge sheet submitted by the CID on May 26 in which he was accused of intimidation to kill opposition political activists and to get their women raped by his party supporters in his speech. The infamous speech was delivered in Choumaha village of Nakashipara on June 14 last year. His speech created a furor in the across the country.

The CID which took up the investigation on the direction of the Calcutta High court, had brought charges against Paul under section 504 (intent to provoke breach of peace), 505 (1b) (intent to cause fear or alarm in public by speech or statement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC. Except section 505 (1b) of the IPC, all the charges are bailable and collectively attract imprisonment of up to three years.

A senior lawyer said: “As there were 505 (1b) which was non bailable section, the court granted the bail under section 437 of Cr PC considering that specific charge sheet has been submitted by the investigating agency”.

Speaking to the media assistant public prosecutor Bireswar Mukherjee said: “The ACJM granted bail to the Tapas Paul on two registered surety bond. The court will hear the case again tomorrow”.

Being asked that why he did not oppose the bail petition, the APP said: “The charge sheet has been filed so there is no logic to oppose the bail at this moment”.

Earlier at about 10.15 am on Monday, donning a white full sleeve shirt and faded blue jeans, Paul appeared before ACJM Subhajit Bose’s court to surrender in the case. He was accompanied by three lawyers Baiswanar Chattopadhaya, Rajeep Majumder and Shyamaprasad Sinha.

After surrendering, he submitted a bail petition before the court. He was taken to court custody. The ACJM accepted the petition for hearing in the afternoon.

Later the ACJM heard his petition at about 3.15 in the afternoon.

In their submission, Paul’s lawyer appealed for bail for Paul indicating the charges brought by CID against him, most of which are bailable. They also said that there was no breach in peace in reality as a consequence of the speech.

The court granted the bail plea under section 437 of Cr PC after the hearing that last only around ten minutes.

Earlier on July 1 last year Biplab Choudhury, a lawyer and local homemaker lodged separate complaints against Paul at Nakashipara police station.

However, police did not bother to start a case. Later in September Justice Nishita Mhatre of Calcutta high court had passed an order directing the CID to start a probe within 72 hours against Paul.

The CID took eight months to complete the probe and submitted the charge sheet on May 26.

Early in last year following Paul’s alleged speech was aired on television channels, his apologized through a written statement apparently directed by the embarrassed party leadership.

On the other hand the CID team led by its DIG Damayanti Sen had first visited the spot, collected evidence and also taken witness account making a camp in Bethuadahari. 39 witnesses submitted their account before the sleuths.

 The team was learnt to have spoken to the villagers who reportedly confirmed the speech was made by the Trinamul MP.

The CID team then collected CDs of the speech and sent them for forensic tests to determine if they were morphed.

Paul was also summoned to Bhawani Bhawan to testify in connection with the case. The sleuths recorded his statement and later submitted before the court along with the charge sheet.

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