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TMC MP Tapas Pal granted bail in connection to hate speech case

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP from Krishnanagar, actor Tapas Pal was granted bail on Monday on a personal bond of Rs.5,000 in connection with the ‘rape and murder’ hate speech he made last year.

Pal had appeared before the Krishnanagar Court on Monday morning and surrendered for his hate speech and his counsel had prayed for bail. After hearing the case for over five hours, the judge, Subhajit Basu granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs.5,000.

In July 2014, a mobile phone-shot video had surfaced, where the Trinamool Congress lawmaker was spotted threatening CPI(M) supporters with rape and murder, while carrying out rallies in four villages — Choumaha, Teghari, Haranagar and Gopinathpur of Nadia district. “If any CPI(M) supporter is present here, listen to me. If you ever touch any Trinamool worker or their families, you will have to pay a heavy price for it. I will shoot you guys if a Trinamool worker is ever attacked. I will let loose my boys in your homes and they will commit rape and murder you,” said Pal while addressing the public meeting.

Soon after the video went viral, it sparked a massive storm of criticism from opposition parties and members of the civil society. Hearing a petition at the Calcutta High Court, the then Chief Justice, Nishita Mhatre had ordered a CID probe into the case.

Later, the CID registered a case against Pal and filed a chargesheet in the month of May this year. The chargesheet mentioned that Pal was guilty of criminal intimidation and insulting the modesty of a woman. Finally, he was granted bail on Monday afternoon.

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