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Post-poll violence in Bengal: Supreme Court stays arrest of SK Supiyan in murder case

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The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the arrest of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Nandigram election agent SK Supiyan in the murder case of a BJP leader, being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Apex Court Bench, comprising Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai, while giving interim protection from arrest to Supiyan, listed the case for further hearing on January 31.

The Court also summoned the statements recorded under Section 164 of CrPC in this case.

The AITC leader was the election agent of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram during the Vidhan Sabha elections. He was accused of killing a BJP worker in the post-poll violence, which is being investigated by CBI.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the incidents of killings and sexual assault that took place in the state, allegedly at the behest of the ruling party, after their thumping victory in the Assembly elections.

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The AITC leader had moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Calcutta High Court order, which rejected his plea.

Banerjee had contested from Nandigram seat, which she lost, but her party won the polls comfortably, assuring her comeback to power.

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