CPI(M)'s Gautam Deb summoned by CID for remarks against CM
Kolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has summoned CPI(M) leader and former Housing minister Gautam Deb to appear for questioning at their headquarters in Bhawani Bhavan on Friday. Deb was summoned allegedly for making derogatory comments against state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a public meeting at Netaji Nagar in South Kolkata in the month of April.
According to a senior CID official, Deb has been summoned on the basis of a complaint lodged by a woman at Uttarpara police station in Hooghly district. He had faced criticism from a number of his own party members for his comments and was forced to seek pardon for his offensive language through writing. However, even after he begged pardon, there were numerous complaints against him at a number of police stations across the state.
Deb had also made some indecent gestures while delivering his speech to mark the occasion of the death anniversary of Sudipto Gupta — a 22-year-old student who died on April 2, 2013 while in police custody following his arrest at a demonstration in the city.
The notice for Deb's summons has been served at his residence at FC Block in Salt Lake Sector III. Deb, however, said that he will not be able to appear for questioning before the state investigative agency on Friday owing to his ill health. "I will speak with my lawyers and will inform the CID when I will be able to appear for questioning," he said adding that he will surely depose before the investigating agency soon.