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Mithun Chakraborty's 'Cobra' Remark - Calcutta High Court Orders Him to Participate in Post-Poll Violence Probe Via Virtual Mode

Mithun Chakraborty's 'Cobra' Remark - Calcutta High Court Orders Him to Participate in Post-Poll Violence Probe Via Virtual Mode

On June 11, 2021 the Calcutta High Court ordered renowned actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty to appear via video conference for questioning in a case filed against him for alleged incitement to post-election violence through his speeches.

The matter was set for hearing on June 18, 2021 by the Bench of Justice Tirthankar GhoshGhosh. For his appearance via video call, the investigating officer was directed to allow the petitioner reasonable time . 

"In the meantime, the petitioner or his advocate-on-record would communicate the e-mail address of the petitioner to the state so that for the purposes of interrogation or answering any query of the investigating officer, the petitioner can make available by way of vedio-conferenxe, " the court added. 

Case against Chakraborty

After joining the BJP, Chakraborty allegedly uttered dialogues from two popular Bengali films, "marbo ekhane lash porbe shoshane (I will hit you here and the body will fall in the crematorium)" and "ek chobole chabi (just one snakebite and you will become a photograph)," during a political rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on March 7, 

As a result, on May 6, 2021, a TMC party member filed a FIR alleging that these dialogues caused the  post-poll violence in the state and that he was responsible for post-poll violence, and a case was registered u/s 153A/504/505/34 of the IPC.

In a quashing petition filed before the Calcutta High Court, he claimed that his utterances of such film dialogues were purely recreational, and that he was completely innocent of any wrongdoing as alleged by the complainant.

In order to stay the proceedings against him, Chakraborty has petitioned the High Court.His proceedings are currently pending before the additional chief judicial magistrate at Sealdah court.

Case title:Mithun Chakraborty vs. the State of West Bengal & Anr.

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