Agartala: The Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court has sent the detained school teacher and freelance journalist, Saikat Talapatra, for three days of police custody on Monday evening.
Talapatra was arrested from Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in connection with the fake news campaign suggesting domestic violence and divorce case against chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb from his wife.
Talapatra also came under attack by an angry mob inside the court premises as they threw sandals and rotten eggs over him while he was being produced before the court.
Speaking to the media persons, Public Prosecutor in-charge (PP) Bidyut Sutradhar said, “Talapatra was produced in front of the court this afternoon on charges of forgery, criminal conspiracy and attempt to defame the image of chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb. He was also detained under charges of IT Act.”
“The police had requested the court to grant five days of police custody. But the CJM Sarmistha Mukharjee sent Talapatra for three days of police custody,” Informed the PP in-charge.
On the other hand, Purushottam Roy Barman, the counsel of Talapatra said it was unfortunate that Saikat Talapatra who is undergoing trial was attacked inside the court premises.
He also said no such case stands against him for sharing posts over the social media and the charges were baseless.
“The honorable court has sent him for three days of police custody. But the charges are baseless. However, we welcome the decision of the court and shall wait until the next date of hearing May 2 next,” Roy Barman said.
On the other hand, the prime accused behind chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s fake news campaign Anupam Paul remains still at large as even after conducting several search operations the police failed trace him.