Samaresh Banerjee, retired Judge of the Calcutta High Court and former West Bengal Lokayukta, filed a police complaint on Friday, stating he received threat calls at his residence following his criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remarks on corruption in the judiciary
Justice Banerjee made the remarks during a discussion organised by a television channel.
Justice Banerjee said he received a threat call from unidentified persons late on Wednesday evening. His wife received another call asking for him on Thursday.
“I have no doubt that the calls were made after my remarks directed at Ms. Banerjee. I further apprehend that the calls were made by supporters of the Trinamool Congress in a methodological way and I fear for my life,” Justice Banerjee told The Hindu.
He said he filed a complaint at the Bidhannagar South police station and informed the police of the telephone number from which he received the call after noting it down from his phone’s caller identity facility.
The police should immediately arrest those who made the calls, he said.
Justice Banerjee asserted his right to express views and criticisms under the right to Freedom of Speech guaranteed in the Constitution.
Asked for the reasons behind his criticism of the Chief Minister’s remarks, he said he was very “pained to hear the remarks made by Ms. Banerjee which was an attempt to run down the entire judiciary.”
“I am surprised at the colossal ignorance of the Constitution by Chief Minister, who has taken an oath to uphold it,” he said.