Three Bharatiya Janata Party BJP leaders were said to have approached the court to avoid arrest in a sexual harassment case. They have applied for bail in advance.
On Tuesday, the BJP leaders were said to have approached the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Prakash Srivastava, seeking a speedy hearing of their appeal.
The Chief Justice was said to have accepted the application of the BJP leaders. Their appeal is likely to be heard on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is one of two major political parties in India, along with the Indian National Congress. It has been the ruling political party of the Republic of India since 2014. The BJP is a right-wing party, and its policy has historically reflected Hindu nationalist positions.
Incidentally, in 2016, an influential leader of the party was accused of sexual harassment against Kailash Vijayavargi, an observer and central leader of the West Bengal BJP. Pradeep Joshi and Jishnu Basu- two senior BJP leaders was also involved.
The victim had lodged a complaint at the police station. The investigation was also going on. Sources said that there is a possibility of arrest of three leaders in that case.
But the three leaders however, approached the Calcutta High Court to avoid the arrest. They went to the court asking for a speedy hearing.
According to High Court sources, the Chief Justice has accepted their plea. However, it is not yet clear when the hearing will take place. By the way, Kailash Vijayvargiya has been in charge of Bengal for several years. The safron BJP leadership does not deny his success behind the success of the Bengal BJP in the few of the earlier elections.
But since winning 16 seats in the Parliament election in Bengal, there have been many questions within the BJP about the way Kailash has fielded one Trinamool leader after another. That question became even more acute after the continious bad results of the vote.
It was feared that the first sword might fall on Kailash after the result of the vote. But it did not happen. On the contrary, despite his failure, he is still an observer in Bengal. In the meantime, he is uncomfortable with the old case.