Mamata cartoon: Police ‘quote’ prof’s neighbours; they say lies, distortion
Mahapatra forwarded to several resident-members of his housing society in Kolkata pictures of Mamata and her party colleagues Mukul Roy and Dinesh Trivedi with speech balloons adapting a famous scene from Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella to a satirical take on Trivedi’s removal after this year’s railway budget.
The police have accused Mahapatra of criminal intimidation and causing annoyance, insult, injury and hatred by sending the email. The chargesheet, which reached Mahapatra’s lawyer two days ago, accuses him under section 66A(b)(c) of the Information Technology Act (sending offensive messages through a communication device), read with section 109 IPC (abetment), and says both Mahapatra and the housing society secretary Subrata Sengupta (accused no. 2) should face trial.
The chargesheet, a copy of which has been accessed by The Indian Express, includes statements by 29 people in support of the prosecution’s case. Thirteen of these statements are from members of the society who received the email, the other 16 are from outsiders.
Several member-recipients told The Indian Express that their statements attached with the chargesheet were “not true”, “distorted”, and different from what they had told investigators who had contacted them by phone.
Dr Kunal Roy, scientist at the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology:
The statement attached by the police quotes