The Division Bench of Justice Joymalya Bagchi and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the state police not to arrest BJP leader Mukul Roy in connection with a complaint over the death of Mrinal Singha Roy in January 2015.
The court directed Roy, who was in the Trinamul Congress before joining the BJP, to cooperate in the investigation by the state police and to appear before the investigating officer as and when asked. The Division Bench was hearing a petition by Roy seeking anticipatory bail in this case and directed the police not to arrest him in connection with it.
The state was directed to produce all medical records relating to the treatment of Mrinal Kanti Singha Roy and also his death certificate on 14 February, when the matter will be taken up for hearing again. Singha Roy was injured in a road accident on 8 June, 2011 at around midnight while returning home at Kanchrapara from Halisahar in North- 24-Parganas. He was treated at a nursing home there and later at a private hospital in Kolkata.
After he was discharged from the hospital, Singha Roy, said to be a mentor of Roy during his early days in politics, was kept in a lodge under the supervision of Roy, who then a Trinamul Congress leader, the complaint said. It was alleged by Singha Roy’s sister Sonali that her brother was shifted to the Kolkata hospital and was then kept in the lodge under instructions of Roy instead of being taken home following his discharge.
It was stated that during his stay at the lodge, Singha Roy suffered a throat infection and died after prolonged treatment at the city hospital. Sonali alleged that she had learnt from the hospital that Singha Roy had suffered internal haemorrhage, which they claim could be from serious injury and suspected Roy’s role in the matter. Sonali Singha Roy’s counsel submitted that her attempts to lodge a police complaint had failed, following which she moved the local court, which directed the police to file an FIR in this regard. Challenging the FIR, Roy had moved the Calcutta High Court seeking anticipatory bail.