KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday sought an explanation from the West Bengal Government on action taken against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his hate speech.
Hearing a PIL filed by a High Court lawyer Subrata Mukherjee, Justice Dipankar Datta asked the state government counsel to give a reply regarding the government’s stand on the issue by July 18.
Mukherjee in his petition urged the court to direct the state police to initiate suo moto action against the actor-turned politician for his instigating speech as he had violated Sections of the IPC and committed a grave crime.
Pal in his speeches had said, “I will send my boys to rape women of families belonging to the Opposition parties. I will shoot them with my own revolver. Keep sharpened weapons at your homes to slit throats and split skulls of the Opposition party workers.” During the hearing, the judge said, “It is sad to watch what happened in the Lok Sabbha with a group of MPs abusing the Prime Minister, while another is said to have used foul language about the Chief Minister,” and referring to Pal’s speech wondered if an MP made such remarks what legal options did the government have.
State government counsel Ashok Banerjee said the government had nothing to do and the people would reply. Disagreeing with him, the judge said the government had not taken any action, though it was an incident of grave concern.
The judge asked him to file the state government’s reply on July 18 when the PIL will be taken up.