The Calcutta High Court quashed a police chargesheet against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Union Minister Babul Supriyo for allegedly making “objectionable” comments against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra during a TV debate in 2017.

The case goes back January 2017, during a television debate when Supriyo, the BJP MP from Asansol, said, “Mohua, are you on mohua?” alluding to the liquor drunk in tribal areas. Moitra, who was then a Trinamool Congress MLA filed a complaint against Supriyo for this remark.

Mahua Moitra had filed a case against the BJP MP accusing him of outraging her modesty during a TV debate. The police had registered the case and filed a chargesheet. The police were directed by a local court in West Bengal to initiate action against Babul Supriyo under Section 509. The high court quashed the case on 14th October.

The high court order stated, “Given the above discussion the instant criminal revision under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is allowed on the contest, however, without cost. The connected applications are also disposed of. However the opposite party No 2 (Moitra) is at liberty to take any action, according to law, if available to her against the petitioner before the appropriate forum and in such case, the learned Court below will take appropriate steps without being influenced or swayed over by any observation made by this Court in this judgment.”

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Babul Supriyo tweeted the quashing order as he claimed it to be a moral victory after fighting the case for two years in the Calcutta High Court.

He tweeted,” The Calcutta High Court quashed police chargesheet against BJP MP and union minister Babul Supriyo for a comment made during TV debate show against TMC MP Mohua Moitra in 2017. Babul Supriyo tweeted, “Chargesheet/Case filed by #TMC MP @MahuaMoitra against Union Minister @SuPriyoBabul (unfairly)accusing him of ‘Outraging the Modesty of a Woman’, hv been quashed by the KolkataHighCourt #SatyamevJayate.”

 

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