Former Tripura minister Badal Choudhury is an accused in the multi-crore PWD scam Credit: File image

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura on Saturday granted bail to the former PWD minister and deputy opposition leader Badal Choudhury, 87 days after he was arrested by the police in connection with the alleged PWD scam amounting more than Rs 600 crore.

Choudhury along with the former PWD chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik and former chief secretary YP Singh were booked by the police on October 13 last year in connection with an alleged scam that took place during 2008-09 financial years in the previous left front government regime.

Speaking with EastMojo, public prosecutor (PP) Ratan Dutta said that the investigation officer have completed investigating former minister and former chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik, who is already released on bail. The police have not filed the charge-sheet in the court yet.

“The accused holds right to get bail from the court after 90 days of judicial remand in case the investigating officer fails to file the charge-sheet in front of the court within the said days. The court had earlier granted bail to Sunil Bhowmik. Similar favour was done with the former PWD minister by the High Court by granting him bail with three days before due time,” Datta said.

He also said that the investigation may submit the chargesheet in time and we object the bail granted to him when there is still three days to go for 90 days.

“Although he was granted bail by the High Court but with some condition imposed on him. If Choudhury tries to influence the investigation process, witnesses or even if he tries to tamper with evidence, the court may cancel his bail,” Datta added.

Purushottam Roy Barman, the counsel of former minister said that even after 87 days, the investigating officer has failed to file the chargesheet in the court and it clears that they have failed in proving him guilty or involved in the case.

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The High Court single bench headed by Justice Arindam Lodh granted bail to Badal Choudhury with a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh along with one surety here on Saturday , Roy Barman said.

The Opposition CPI-M had alleged that the case framed intentionally to harass the deputy opposition leader and it was a political vendetta by the ruling over the longest standing MLA in the state assembly.

Recently the CPI-M legislators also walked out of the assembly in protest against the arrest of Choudhury after protesting with placards on January 17 last.

Choudhury was arrested by the police from the ICU of ILS hospital on October 31. He was dragged from the hospital bed to the West Agartala police station as alleged by his wife Namita Gope.

The other accused YP Singh who was then chief secretary is yet to be caught by the Tripura police even after several attempts made by them.

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