SC Dismisses Bimal Gurung’s Plea


New Delhi: SC dismisses Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung’s plea seeking transfer of cases from West Bengal, also lifts the stay on his arrest.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan rejected the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s plea saying it was not a fit case for relief.

“It cannot be said to be a case of individual persecution by the state,” the bench said while pronouncing the order.

However, the Mamata Banerjee government had submitted a list of 53 FIRs lodged against Gurung and said he was facing trial in another 24 cases as well. The top court rejected Gurung’s plea seeking transfer of cases from West Bengal. The court further lifted the stay issued on his arrest.

Earlier in December 2017, Gurung claimed before the Supreme Court that the Mamata Banjerjee-led government was trying to break his party to finish the movement for separate statehood after Bengal’s ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC) approached the top court against protection from arrest to Gurung.

In November 2017, the West Bengal government had filed a plea against providing protection to Gurung from being arrested, following which Gurung claimed that incorrect statements have been made in the plea.