Kolkata: The City Civil Court on Tuesday directed the Union Minister of State for Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Babul Supriyo, to retract the defamatory statements that he made against TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee.It may be recalled that in November 2017, Supriyo had made the “malicious and defamatory” statements against Banerjee at a Press conference stating that the latter “illegitimately profiteered to the tune of Rs 17 to Rs 18 crore against smuggling of coal in Bengal.” It got published and circulated widely in different media and even on social networking sites. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt led to defamation of Banerjee and his counsels moved court in December 2017.The Third Bench of the City Civil Court had granted an interim order of injunction in this connection restraining Supriyo “not to make any derogatory comment or defamatory statement against Banerjee”. The Court on July 24 ordered Supriyo “to retract the defamatory statements made in November 2017 at the Press conference in Asansol against Abhishek Banerjee by sending a letter or otherwise within a fortnight from the date of the order.” Sanjay Basu, Advocate for Banerjee, said: “Babul Supriyo failed to produce any evidence in support of his defamatory statement and hence the Court passed the order of injunction and retraction in favour of Abhishek Banerjee. The falsity in Babul Supriyo’s statement has been exposed.”
Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to waive the toll tax for two-wheelers on Vidyasagar Setu.With the announcement of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard, two-wheeler riders will not have to pay Rs 5 anymore to avail Vidyasagar Setu to travel across River Hooghly from October 1.While leaving Nabanna on Thursday, Banerjee said: “The toll tax for two-wheelers on Vidyasagar Setu has been waived. From October 1 onwards, riders of two-wheelers will not have to pay the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAround 3.11 crore vehicles pass through the bridge every year and it includes around 84 lakh to 90 lakh two-wheelers. The decision to waive the toll tax for the two-wheelers will cost Rs 5 crore to the state’s exchequer.It may be mentioned that there are separate lanes for two-wheelers at the toll plaza on Vidyasagar Setu. But during rush hours, there are long queues to pay thetoll tax. With this waiver, there will be no more queues of two-wheelers and it will help in bringing down the rate of pollution in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSecondly, many office-goers need to cross the bridge everyday and they will be tremendously benefitted due to this decision of the state government as they no will no longer have to pay Rs 5 each time — once while heading towards their office and again while returning home. It may be mentioned that the state Secretariat, Nabanna, is situated at a stone’s throw distance from the toll plaza. The decision has been welcomed by the people in general as they do not have to pay any amount to cross the bridge and also wait in queues during the office hours.It may be mentioned that only thetoll tax for two-wheelers has been waived while the same for other vehicles remain unchanged.
Kolkata: An auto rickshaw driver was arrested at the Amherst Street police station for allegedly molesting a 13- year-old school student. The auto driver identified as Arun Kumar Das was arrested on Saturday night.According to sources, on April 22 night, the student was returning home in Manikatala from her tuition class at Girish park. From Girish Park she took an auto. As there were no seat vacant in the back, she sat beside the driver. It is alleged Das inappropriately touched her. He was reportedly moving towards Maniktala. But before approximately a kilometre he allegedly turned his auto in another direction and molested the student again. After few minutes when the auto slowed down, the student jumped off from the auto. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe told about the incident to her family. Her father along with the student went to Amherst Street police station and lodged a complaint against the auto driver. Sleuths examined the CCTV camera footage of the route which Das had availed. The student said that she had seen a tattoo on Das’s body. After examining the camera’s footage sleuths got hold of the auto’s registration number and traced Das on Saturday. Sources informed that the student has identified Das.