THE Supreme Court has granted protection for five days to Arjun Singh, BJP candidate contesting against TMC’s sitting MP Dinesh Trivedi in Barrackpore. The court said that no coercive action shall be taken against Arjun Singh for five days in cases lodged against him by the West Bengal Police. Arjun Singh, a four –term MLA of the ruling TMC MLA from Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas District, last march joined the saffron party. The court also said that its order granting protection to Arjun Singh will cease after May 28. The court has asked him to seek bail before an appropriate forum. He had sought interim protection from the Supreme Court to be able to remain present for counting of votes on May 23.A Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah granted protection to the Barrackpore BJP candidate, who in his plea had claimed that all cases lodged against him are politically motivated. There are more than 15 FIRs registered against Arjun Singh for his alleged role in the political violence in West Bengal. Arjun Singh was accused by the ruling Trinamool Congress of hiring goons to incite violence and attacking the party’s candidate, Madan Mitra contesting Bhatpara assembly bye-election necessitated following Arjun Singh’s resignation. Hearing his petition The Supreme Court observed violence has become common in West Bengal and for no issue, some people just fight.
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