SC rejects bail pleas of Park Street rape accused

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the bail pleas of two of the five accused in the Park Street gangrape incident saying it was not a fit case for granting relief as two of the alleged culprits are still absconding.

The apex court refused to interfere with the Calcutta High Court order denying bail to Sumit Bajaj and Mohd Nasir Khan, who were among the five youths accused of gangraping an Anglo-Indian woman in a car on February 5 last year.

"We do not find it fit to exercise our jurisdiction in the case as two of the accused are still absconding," a bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and H L Gokhale said. The bench said it was not going into the merits of the case.

The West Bengal government opposed the appeal filed by the two accused against the decision of the High Court, which had rejected their bail plea on October 19, 2012. The state government said the arrest in the case was made after gathering evidence about their alleged involvement in the crime. The woman was picked up by the youths from the road in front of a pub at upmarket Park Street area in Kolkata and had allegedly gangraped her at gunpoint.

BSF jawan held for lewd comments

Kolkata: A BSF jawan was arrested for allegedly passing indecent comments at a woman journalist in Shyambazar area of Kolkata. The jawan, who was present in Shyambazar area along with his colleagues Monday evening, allegedly passed lewd comments targeting the woman. The woman protested and raised an alarm when the locals caught hold of the BSF man. He was later handed over to the police.

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