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43 Cases May Occupy Shahjahan’s Lawyer for a Decade, Court Says

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The Calcutta High Court today delivered some harsh words to the attorney for Sandeshkhali strongman Sheikh Shahjahan. The advocate tried to raise a bail plea, but the bench, led by Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam, denied it, stating that it had “no sympathy” for Shahjahan.

In relation to a mob attack on a team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials last month, Bengal police yesterday detained the powerful member of the Trinamool Congress. Residents of Sandeshkhali, an island in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, have also made grave accusations against him. Land grab, extortion, and intimidation are among the charges brought against the Trinamool strongman and his associates. There have also been claims of sexual harassment.

This morning, when his advocate mentioned the anticipatory bail petition, the Chief Justice refused and asked him to return on Monday, when the court will hear the matter next.

“Certain observations were made by your Lordships against my client,” the lawyer said. Chief Justice Sivagnanam replied, “Wonderful, we were waiting for you.”

“Mr Counsel, this man has some 43 cases against him. Mind you, now for next 10 years, this man will keep you busy. You will have to handle all his cases till next 10 years at least,” the Chief Justice added, according to Bar and Bench.

“My anticipatory bail was rejected. I was arrested last night. I cannot mention before the regular bench now,” Shahjahan’s advocate said. “Come on Monday. We have got no sympathy for that person. Please come on Monday, not now,” the bench remarked.

After being presented in a Bengali court this morning, the strongman—who had been evading capture for 55 days—was placed under 10-day remand.

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