Published On: Fri, May 10th, 2024

BJP leader challenges ‘fake sting operation’ on Sandeshkhali in Calcutta HC

Kolkata: BJP leader from West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali, Gangadhar Kayal on Friday approached the Calcutta High Court, claiming that a fake sting operation video featuring him was being circulated.

Gangadhar Kayal on Friday approached the Calcutta High Court

Kayal claimed in the video that the BJP orchestrated the women’s protests against alleged sexual harassment by local Trinamool Congress leaders. Justice Jay Sengupta’s single-judge bench has admitted the petition. The matter is expected to be heard on May 14, the day after the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The video surfaced on May 4, Kayal, a Mandal president of BJP at Sandeshkhali, approached the CBI, claiming that the video modulation of his voice was done using AI. To recall, the CBI is already investigating complaints of sexual harassment, illegal land grabbing, and extortion filed by Trinamool Congress leaders in Sandeshkhali.

The development comes as the ruling Trinamool Congress is claiming that the entire Sandeshkhali episode was orchestrated by the BJP to cast the ruling party and the state government in a negative light.

Some TMC leaders have even claimed that the decision to suspend Sheikh Shahjahan, the main accused in the Sandeshkhali incident, from the party was made in haste. Observers believe that now that the matter has reached the Calcutta High Court, the confusion over the authenticity of the video will be resolved soon.

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