Abhijit Gangopadhyay: Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the investigating police officer. He made some sensational comments with him. The fine was imposed on the SDPO in connection with a corruption case registered in the name of Krishnendu Adhikari, grandfather of opposition leader Subhendu Adhikari. On Wednesday, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay dismissed the case in Calcutta High Court.
In 2016-17, LED lights were installed on Digha-Mecheda Road in Kanthi Municipality area at a cost of about Rs 3 crore. But there are complaints that they are not being identified. Therefore, a case has been registered against Krishnendu Adhikari, chairman of Kanthi Municipal Corporation and grandfather of Subhendu Adhikari, accusing him of corruption.
Krishnendu, sub-divisional officer, Egra, directed the officer to file income tax returns for the last 10 years. Apart from this, the income tax return of the last 10 years was sent from Kanthi police station on 31st October. It is said that he has asked to meet the investigating officers within three days. Krishnendu Adhikari approached the Calcutta High Court challenging the officer’s order.
In front of the judge’s question, the government lawyer said that he would talk to higher officials about this. Justice Gangopadhyay got angry at this and said, ‘Go and ask by helicopter! Or sit on a wheel chair. I want answer whether police can ask for income tax return in an old case of 4 years ago! It is clear that this was not done because of investigation, but because of undue harassment by the police. The lack of backbone of the police is evident in the process of such investigation. The police are joking in the name of investigation. I warn the police that if any citizen of the country is harassed like this in future, strict action will be taken against him.
The judge also said that the police will do whatever they want, the court will not do anything, it is not so. Criticizing the police, Justice Gangopadhyay said, ‘They have failed to give dignity to the Ashoka Pillar attached to the police uniform.’