Sandeshkhali Violence: Kolkata Court Sends Shahjahan Sheikh To 6 Days Of Police Custody

Shahjahan Sheikh

The Kolkata court has recently sent suspended TMC strongman Shahjahan Sheikh to 6 days police custody in the Sandeshkhali Enforcement Directorate assault case.

Raja Bhaumik, the lawyer representing Sheikh Shahjahan and other accused in the Sandeshkhali ED assault case told media, “The CBI prayed for 6 days police custody of Sheikh Shahjahan, Sukumar Sardar and Mehbul Molla in case no. 8 of Nazat Police Station. The learned court allowed it.”

While sharing details of the court proceedings, Bhaumik stated that they filed bail petition on the medical grounds.

Bhaumik shared, “We have filed bail prayer on medical grounds (for a few of the accused) and we showed the medical documents, the Court heard our argument and gave the order. We are yet to go through the order.”

Bhaumik also shared that Shahjahan has a spine problem but his medical records were confiscated by the ED officials when they raided his place.

Bhaumik stated, “Sheikh Shahjahan has also some medical issues. He has a spine problem. We filed a petition in this regard. The medical document is in his house that has been sealed by the CBI.”

The CBI produced Shahjahan and other accused in the Sandeshkhali ED assault case before a court in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, Shahjahan’s brother, Sheikh Alamgir and other accused were produced in Basirhat Court on Friday.

Alamgir, who was arrested by the CBI for alleged involvement in orchestrating the January 5 attack on officials of the ED, was sent to 5 days custody of the central agency on Sunday.

The CBI on Saturday arrested Alamgir and 2 others for allegedly spearheading an attack on the visiting ED team on January 5.

Earlier, on the directive of the Calcutta High Court, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Kolkata Police handed custody of Sheikh Shahjahan to the CBI.

Issuing a contempt notice to the CID, the high court ruled on Wednesday that the case pertaining to the attack on ED officials be handed over to the CBI along with the custody of the prime accused, Shahjahan.

Furthermore, the court observed that state police played ‘hide & seek’ in the matter.

The high court observed, “The accused is a political influencer. The investigation should be handed over to the CBI and the custody of the accused by 4:15 pm today.”

After reportedly being on the run for close to 2 months, the now-suspended TMC strongman was arrested by West Bengal Police on February 29.

The women of Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district came out on the streets, accusing Shahjahan and his aides of grave excesses and atrocities.

Multiple women on the island accused Shajahan and his aides of “land-grab and sexual assault” under coercion.

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