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Malda: EXPELLED CPI-M MP Ritabrata Banerjee today surrendered before the Balurghat district court in South Dinajpur in connection with the allegations of sexual exploitation labeled on him by software professional Namrata Dutta.

Following the surrender, Hidayatullah Bhutia, the chief judicial magistrate of Balurghat, granted the MP a regular bail. Sudeb Mitra, Balurghat’s district judge, had on 3 November granted him an anticipatory bail on the condition that he will surrender in three weeks and cooperate with the CID which is probing the allegations against him. [Court gives expelled CPM MP 3 weeks to surrender in sexual exploitation case]

Apart from this case, the district judge today granted anticipatory bail to Banerjee and his female friend Durba Sen in another case lodged by Namrata Dutta. In the second complaint, Dutta had alleged that she was being threatened over the phone to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint.

In granting the anticipatory bail on a personal bond of Rs 3,000 each, the district judge also asked Banerjee and Sen to appear before the trial court in four weeks. While granting the bail, the judge observed that invoking of section 195 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (threatening any person to give false evidence) by police was “premature” in the instant case.

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