Rape accused wants trial moved out of Barasat, govt supports plea

The accused in the Kamduni rape and murder case approached the Calcutta High Court on Friday, seeking transfer of the trial out of Barasat fast track court, saying regular protests by the villagers and several outfits outside the court premises have prevented their advocates from appearing on their behalf during the trial.

They also told Justice Ashim Kumar Roy that no lawyer from the Barasat court was willing to take up their case. Nine people have been arrested in connection with the case.

The state government counsel, Manjit Singh, also supported the plea of the accused, saying the situation was not conducive at the Barasat court to hold the trial and added that the government would make necessary arrangements for conveyance of the witnesses if the trial is shifted.

The victim's family opposed the plea and said the transfer of the trial would create hardships for the family and other local witnesses in the case.

Meanwhile, challenging the plea filed by the investigating officer of the case, Anandamoy Chatterjee, who has urged the High Court to issue directive to the Barasat fast track court to speed up the trial, the victim's family said the CID has been trying to dispose the case by conducting a shoddy probe.

Pointing to the hurried manner in which the state government's probe agency had filed the chargesheet in the case, Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee, the counsel of the victim's family, questioned why the CID was seeking quick disposal of the case when it had failed to submit the forensic report to the court.

The trial has not yet begun and the chargesheet by the CID is still under the consideration of the (fast track) court, Chatterjee said.

Justice Roy said it was not possible for him to remark on the merit of the chargesheet but there was prima facie material related to the offence.

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