Statesman news service
Kolkata, 4 September
The petition of former minister Susanta Ghosh seeking quashing of the case against him for his alleged involvement in the recovery of skeletons from Benchapara came up for hearing at Calcutta High Court today. Mr Justice Asim Roy has directed the case diary of the matter be produced before the court on 17 September.
Mr Ghosh and others have already been acquitted in a murder case in this connection, the petition stated. But a fresh case was started for political vendetta after the regime changed, it stated.
In 2011, several skeletons were dug out from Benchapara, one of which was claimed by Shyamal Acharya to be that of his father Ajay Acharya. When a DNA test supported his claim, a case was started against Ghosh and 39 others.
The former minister was arrested from a guest house in Mumbai, remanded in judicial custody in Bengal, and then granted bail.