Kolkata: Fearless by a strong rebuttal by the Mamata Banerjee government to BJP leader Mukul Roy’s Biswa Bangla allegations, Roy on Sunday shot off a letter to two senior bureaucrats , Bengal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya and MSME and textiles secretary Rajiva Sinha alleging that they had made factually incorrect statements that violate their IAS service rules.
Roy marked his letter to Union minister of state Jitendra Singh, who looks into the personnel, public grievances and pensions department, saying their conduct needed to be referred to the Centre for enquiry and departmental action.
While Bhattacharya was unavailable to respond, Sinha reportedly said “I would not like to comment on this now. I haven’t received any letter addressed to me on this.”
A day before, Bhattacharya and Sinha armed with papers showed the Bengal government, and not any individual, owned Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and held the copyright of the brand created by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, strongly rebutting Roy’s charges.
They had made it clear that the government owned the trademark rights of the Biswa Bangla brand for running stores and showrooms whereas Roy claimed the rights of publication and advertisement of the Biswa Bangla logo was with Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee.
Roy, in his letter, claimed “In the Trademarks Journal published by The Trademarks Authority, Govt. of India on 8.5.2017, the ‘Biswa Bangla’ mark is shown wholly owned by Shri Abhishek Banerjee the nephew of Smt Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal. The application of the Government of West Bengal is showing pending/abandoned, evidently.” It says “It is therefore abundantly clear that the Competent Authority under the Trademarks Act and/or Patents Act, Govt. of India has not permitted the Government of West Bengal to use the said logo/mark. On the contrary the sole owner, as per records, is Shri Abhishek Banerjee, which has been suppressed by you in your press briefing.”
In his letter, Roy has attached two attachments, which clearly shows Abhishek Banerjee to be the owner of the Biswa Bangla brand. The other attachment claims that when the state MSME department on 19.06.2014 applied for the logo, its status is shown “objected or pending”.
A senior state government official, requesting anonymity, reportedly said “Abhishek Banerjee has withdrawn all his applications. Roy’s allegations correspond to the 2013-14 phase when he was in the know of things. However, that Banerjee has withdrawn his eight applications to the registrar of trademarks for registration of the Biswa Bangla logo on November 26, 2013, isn’t known to him.”