April 22, 2015 12:30:18 am
The state government Tuesday filed a petition challenging the Calcutta High Court’s order to pay a compensation amount of Rs 50,000 each to Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and his associate Subrata Sengupta.
The police had booked the two professors for circulating a cartoon of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on April 12, 2012. Taking note of the incident, the then chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, in 2013, recommended that the state government pay a compensation of Rs 50,000 to the two professors.
When the state government ignored the suggestion, a single-judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court directed the government to not only pay the recommended compensation amount but an additional Rs 50,000 for the legal expenses incurred by the two professors.
On Tuesday, continuing with its stand, the government filed a petition before the division Bench of the High Court, challenging the order passed by the single-judge Bench.
“I had a feeling that the state will approach the division bench but I hope the court upholds the earlier order. The section 66A of the IT Act under which we were booked has been scrapped by the Supreme Court,” Professor Mahapatra said.
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