Tripura PCC chief Pijush Kanti Biswas and other party workers stopped from entering former legislator Gopal Chandra Roy’s house on April 5 last Credit: File Image

Agartala: The High Court of Tripura issued a show-cause notice to the state government seeking clarification on a writ petition filed by former MLA Gopal Chandra Roy against the unauthorized search of his residence.

Speaking with EastMojo, Purushottam Roy Barman, counsel of former MLA said that at least 200 policemen, including 12 police officers had entered inside Roy’s residence on April 5 and conducted a search operation without receiving any approval from the local court.

“In a writ petition filed in the High Court, we have informed the court that my client Gopal Chandra Roy was mentally harassed and was exposed to COVID-19 even though he belong to a vulnerable age group. The police did not allow him to communicate with people outside. Even the Congress leaders who came to meet him were also stopped”, Roy Barman said.

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He also said that the former MLA had alleged that the chief minister had spread wrong information on the spread of coronavirus cases while speaking with media persons after his visit to GB Pant Hospital.

Deb had said that 19 coronavirus cases were found at Manipur and 16 similar cases were found at Karimganj district of Assam, which were not true. Roy had filed an FIR against the chief minister for spreading wrong information among people.

Congress leader Gopal Chandra Roy was booked for forgery after he had filed a written complaint against CM, saying he shared wrong info, on letterhead using national emblem.

“We have told the court that the police had, based on the FIR, filed for seeking permission for conducting a search operation at Roy’s residence. The court did not issue permission on that day and fixed the matter for hearing on the following day,” Roy Barman added.

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However, the police conducted the raid on the day itself without getting permission from the court. The court later said it found nothing in the submission and rejected the search warrant.

“Roy has filed the writ petition seeking compensation from the state government for mentally harassing him and conducting the search operation without proper search warrant”, Roy Baram added.

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