21 - 02 - 2019

Daily Desher Katha: DM, SDM action is illegal & unconstitutional

Agartala, Oct 10,2018: Senior advocate of Calcutta high court Bikash Bhattacharjee   termed DM (West) and SDM (Sadar)'s ban on publication of the newspaper as “totally illegal and unconstitutional”. The senior advocate who was former advocate general of the state appeared for Daily Desher Katha and secured clearance from High Court its publication.

Addressing press conference, Bhattacharjee said,” The DM  who passed the ban order has been made a party in the case and by a separate petition he will be proceeded against for violation of fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution. What is unprecedented is that in his illegal order the DM said that if 'Daily Desher Katha' was published in spite of his ban order he would have a police raid conducted and publication banned”

“The complaint filed in a motivated manner against the ownership pattern of 'Daily Desher Katha' was technical by nature and a maximum penalty for this could be a fine but here it happened differently; in spite of the fact that everything including papers and documents were correct and in order the RNI authority first updated the record and then , presumably following political pressure withdrew the same in an utterly illegal manner ; the DM’s action on the issue was beyond his jurisdiction” the senior advocate.

Bhattacharjee said that the advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik, despite holding a constitutional post, tried to delay the resumption of publication, stating that the matter could be taken up with the appellate authority in Delhi. However, chief justice Ajay Rastogi ruled this out and said that the high court order was sufficient. Bhattacharjee added that he would take personal initiative to have the DM (West) penalized by the court for his politically motivated and illegal action.

In the press conference senior advocate of state  Shankar Deb, advocate Tapas Dutta-Majumder, senior CPI (M) leader Gautam Das, Milan De Sarkar and Samir Paul was present in the press meet.