Govt. approaches division bench against providing compensation in Cartoon scam

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Kolkata: The state has appealed before a Division Bench of Calcutta High Court over the decision of single bench directing the state government to provide a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra who was arrested by the state Government for forwarding a cartoon featuring Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and former Railway Ministers Mukul Roy and Dinesh Trivedi.

Acting on the recommendation of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission,on 10 March, Calcutta High Court Judge Dipankar Dutta directed the state Government to provide the compensation within one month to Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta. The court also directed a departmental enquiry against the Additional OC and a SI of Jadavpur police station.

The professor was arrested on 12 April 2012 for forwarding the cartoons. The Human rights commission had had recommended a compensation of 50,000 and an enquiry against the accused police officers. But the state government did not pay any heed to the recommendations of the Commission. Ambikesh Mahapatra then approached the Court and the court directed the government to pay the amount. Challenging the directive of the single bench, the state government has now approached the division bench in this regard.

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