Sheikh Shahjahan Sent to Six-Day Police Custody in ED Assault Case
Sheikh Shahjahan Sent to Six-Day Police Custody in ED Assault Case

Kolkata: Suspended TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan has been remanded to six-day police custody by a Kolkata court in connection with the Sandeshkhali Enforcement Directorate (ED) assault case. Raja Bhaumik, the lawyer representing Shahjahan and other accused, informed the media about the court's decision. The CBI had sought six-day police custody for Shahjahan, Sukumar Sardar, and Mehbul Molla in case no. 8 of Nazat Police Station, and the court granted the request.

Bhaumik shared details of the court proceedings, mentioning that they had filed a bail petition on medical grounds for some of the accused. They presented medical documents to support their plea, highlighting Shahjahan's spine problem. However, Shahjahan's medical records were seized by the ED officials during a raid on his residence.

Sheikh Shahjahan's brother, Sheikh Alamgir, and other accused were produced in Basirhat Court on March 22. Alamgir, arrested by the CBI for his alleged involvement in orchestrating the January 5 attack on ED officials, was granted five days' custody to the central agency.

Earlier, the CID of Kolkata Police handed over Shahjahan's custody to the CBI following the directive of the Calcutta High Court. The court, issuing a contempt notice to the CID, ruled that the case related to the attack on ED officials should be transferred to the CBI along with the custody of the prime accused, Shahjahan. The court criticized the state police for their handling of the matter, noting Shahjahan's political influence.

Shahjahan, a suspended TMC leader, was arrested by West Bengal Police on February 29 after reportedly being on the run for nearly two months. The women of Sandeshkhali accused Shahjahan and his associates of various crimes, including land grabbing and sexual assault, prompting widespread outrage and protests.

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