Jobs Scam: Calcutta HC Bars BJP Lok Sabha Candidate & MP Saumitra Khan From Entering Own Constituency
He is also accused of illegal sand mining and illegal possession of arms.
A Calcutta High Court division bench has reportedly barred Bishnupur MP Saumitra Khan from entering Bankura district in West Bengal for six weeks.
Khan contested the 2014 elections as part of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and was elected from Bishnupur. In January 2019, Khan defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has been nominated as the saffron party’s candidate from the constituency for the 2019 election.
Per a report in Anandabazar Patrika, The court order was issued following a job scam charge case against Khan for allegedly cheating School Service Commission (SSC) candidates.
Anandabazaar Patrika reported that Khan’s attorney argued that Khan was contesting in the upcoming elections and won’t be able to campaign if he wasn’t allowed to enter Bankura district, which is part of his constituency. The other part of the constituency falls in the East Burdawan district.
Justice Joymalya Bagchi reportedly observed, “If accusations have come up against the candidate, it is he who should request the party leaders not to appoint him as the candidate…”
The report adds that he is accused of accepting about Rs 13 lakh from three SSC candidates after promising them teaching jobs. He is also accused of taking money for appointing Group-D workers.
Police sources told Anandabazaar Patrika that they are in possession of a list of SSC candidates signed by Saumitra Khan. State advocate general said that the list has been sent to forensic experts, but the results are not in yet.
Hence, the division bench consisting of Justices Bagchi and Monojit Mandal on Wednesday extended its interim order restraining the state government from arresting Khan and barring him from entering the district.
Times of India reported Khan can now personally campaign only in Khandaghosh assembly segment in East Burdawan district.
Khan said, “The Trinamool has got one of my relatives to lodge a false case against me. The BJP will take appropriate legal steps,” reported TOI.
The report added that the BJP has said that Khan would challenge the interim order in the Supreme Court.
Khan has court proceedings going on against him in two other cases: illegal sand mining and illegal possession of arms. However, HC has granted Khan anticipatory bail in these cases, TOI reported.
Bankura will vote in the sixth round of Lok Sabha election, on May 12.