Bail plea of Darjeeling CoC president rejected

The Statesman

Darjeeling, 18 September :The Darjeeling Chief Judicial Magistrate Court today rejected the bail plea of Mr Brijmohan Garg, a prominent businessman and the president of Darjeeling Chamber of Commerce. He was remanded in 14-day judicial custody. He had been arrested on 11 September on charge of indulging in arson at Takdah forest bungalow and booked under IPC Section-436 (mischief of fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house etc), Section-447 (criminal trespassing), Section 457 (trespassing), Section-120 B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and R/W 3 pdpp (prevention of damage to public property) Act.
The bungalow where the Bengal chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee had spent a night last year was set ablaze on the night of 1 August by alleged GJMM activists during the initial phase of the renewed Gorkhaland stir.
“Based on preliminary reports from Darjeeling police that showed Mr Garg’s involvement in the arson at Takdah forest bungalow, the CJM court has rejected his bail plea and has sent him for judicial remand till 1 October,” said the assistant public prosecutor, Mr Pankaj Prasad. He will be produced in court on 1 October again, he added.
According to the ruling party sources, Mr Garg was one of the most important financers of the GJMM-led statehood movement. He was admitted to Darjeeling hospital when he had been arrested earlier.  Meanwhile, police arrested another GJMM supporter Mr Uden Lepcha, from Kalimpong today. He was booked in crelation with pending cases of alleged arson in 2009. The Kalimpong ACJM court today remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.

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