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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has imposed two weeks embargo on the arrest two BJP leaders hailing from the Thakur family of Matua Mahasangha and who are accused in a case of forgery.

This after the concerned BJP leaders, Santanu Thakur and his father and former Trinamool minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, moved the High Court seeking an anticipatory bail.

Trinamool MP Mamatabala Thakur, who happens to Santu’s aunt and the widow of Manjul’s elder brother, had lodged an FIR against them on 11 February alleging that they had forged the signature of departed Matua Mahasangha head Binapani Devi alias Boromaa.

The FIR came after Santanu mailed a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee allegedly signed by Boromaa and asking Trinamool to back Narendra Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries.

But Mamatabala maintains that Santanu and his father had forged the signature of Boromaa so to score political points.

Acting on her compliant, Gaighata police station registered an FIR against the duo under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 419 (personation), 465 (falsifying documents), 468 (forgery), and 469 (harming reputation). Most of these sections are non-bailable in nature.

Thus anticipating an arrest before the Lok Sabha polls, the father-son had moved the High Court seeking an anticipatory bail.

Hearing their petitions today, a division bench comprising justice Joymalya Bagchi and justice Manojit Mondal said that they will take up the matter after a week but police shouldn’t arrest the Thakurs for the next two weeks.

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