A senior minister in the West Bengal Cabinet has taken legal action against the leader of the opposition in the state Assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, filing two FIRs at different Kolkata police stations. The complaints were lodged by state Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, addressing the BJP leader and other party MLAs wearing T-shirts displaying 'Mamata Chor' (Mamata is a thief) during a public demonstration.
The FIRs, filed at Maidan and Hare Street police stations, cite the act as a direct insult to the Chief Minister, who serves as the state's executive head, according to Bhattacharya's complaint.
The incident occurred during a protest on Red Road near the Assembly premises, led by BJP legislators against the Speaker's decision to suspend the leader of the opposition for the entire ongoing winter session. Adhikari's suspension on November 28 stemmed from alleged "objectionable remarks" made against the Speaker.
During the demonstration, Adhikari and the protesting BJP MLAs sported T-shirts bearing the contentious phrase 'Mamata Chor,' prompting Bhattacharya to deem the act as in "bad taste" and a "criminal offense."
She emphasized the seriousness of the matter, considering it an insult to the Chief Minister's position, calling for criminal proceedings in response to what she perceives as an act of disrespect towards the chair of the Chief Minister.
(With Agency Inputs)