Kolkata : Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress Government suffered another setback after the Calcutta High Court asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to initiate an inquiry against ruling party MP and Bengali film actor Tapas Paul for his derogatory remarks against women.

The court also directed the state police to file an FIR against Paul within 72 hours.

Thursday’s court order came as a second blow to the government in a span of 24 hours. On Wednesday, the High Court had ordered a CBI investigation against some ruling party leaders in connection with the murder of a dissident party leader of Parui village in Birbhum district. Justice Nishita Mhatre on Thursday rejected the appeal of the West Bengal Government and upheld the order of Justice Dipankar Datta who had directed the CID to probe against Paul.

Paul, a Trinamool Congress MP from Krishnanagar constituency had allegedly asked supporters in a party meeting in Nadia district to kill CPI(M) workers who opposed Trinamool Congress and rape their women. Reacting to the verdict, Rahul Sinha, state BJP President, said that almost every day the High Court has been issuing orders against the State government. “But I do not know when the government will realise this,” he said.Sinha said Paul should be punished for his controversial comment against women. Mohammed Salim, CPI(M) leader, said the court ruling had come as a slap on the state government.

Ambar Mukherjee

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