Park Street Rape: Suzette’s Family to Move HC

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Kolkata: Unsatisfied with the trial court’s quantum of punishment awarded to the Park Street rape convicts, the family of victim Suzette Jordon is likely to file an appeal in the Calcutta High Court seeking life imprisonment for the guilty.

Earlier the day a row has been ensued after the state government axed public prosecutor Sharbani Ray for failing to seek maximum punishment for the convicts.

State law minister Chandrima Bhattacharya had earlier said, “How could the public prosecutor say how much punishment for the convicts? She had fought for the government to prove them guilty. Without instruction, she gave her opinion. This is not acceptable. So she has been removed from the government panel. She said minimum term was fine.”

Earlier PP Sarbani Ray said in a court that the three accused in the 2012 case were not directly involved in the actual crime and should be given the minimum punishment of 10 years in jail.

The special public prosecutor hit back saying, “I don’t care if the government is upset. I have acted according to law.” The main accused is in hiding. It is known who are helping him to stay under cover, said Shrabani Roy.

“I have been appointed by the Governor and will do as he direct. The state government has no jurisdiction over the matter.” She added.

The Bankshal court on Friday announced 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 Lakh each for three convicts of Park Street rape case Roman Khan, Sumit Bajaj and Naseer Khan. However, two accused Muhammad Ali Khan and Kader Khan are still at large.

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