Relief for Tamalika as High Court restrains action against her

The Calcutta High Court today asked the state government and the police not to take action against Haldia Municipality chairman Tamalika Panda Seth on the basis of an FIR lodged by the Haldia Development Authotiry (HDA ) till Tuesday.

Tamalika has approached the Calcutta High Court for quashing of the FIR. Justice Dipankar Dutta said he would hear the case on August 7.

On July 23, the Bhawnipore police station at Haldia registered the FIR on the basis of a complaint lodged by HDA against Tamalika, who is also wife of former CPM MP Lakshman Seth, alleging she had leased out a water body to a private party for a period of 30 years in 2010 illegally. The police bought the charges against Tamalika under sections 420, 447, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC.

Tamalika's petition contended that the HDA had handed over a water body of about 10 acres to the Haldia Notified Area in 1994 for a period of ten years for the purpose of beautification and pisciculture. In 2000, the Haldia Notified Area was converted into Haldia Municipality and the Municipality approached the HDA to lease out the water body for a period of 99 years and it was accepted by the HDA, the petition said.

The Haldia Municipality floated a tender in 2010 for the beautification of the water body and it was handed over to a private party and it was legal, the petition stated further.

On the other hand, the FIR alleged that the water body was handed over till 2004 and no lease deed was done between the HDA and Haldia Municipality. The HDA is the owner of the land till today, the FIR stated.

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