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Kolkata Police question Mithun Chakraborty over remarks made during poll campaign

Mithun Chakraborty. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

The Kolkata Police on June 16 questioned veteran actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty virtually for about 45 minutes in connection with a complaint saying he made inflammatory comments in the recent Assembly elections.

The complaint, filed at a police station by an individual, said Mr. Chakraborty made inflammatory remarks, which could lead to breach of peace and provoke enmity between different groups.

Mr. Chakraborty, who was one of the star campaigners of the BJP, was often heard repeating dialogues from his films, such as Ek Chobole Chobi [death in one strike]”.

He joined the BJP on March 7 during a rally at Brigade Parade Ground in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

‘Recreational purpose’

Mr. Chakraborty said his remarks were only for recreational purposes and had nothing to do with inciting violence. The 71-year-old actor had approached the Calcutta High Court for quashing the legal proceedings against him.

On June 11 , the court directed that the actor be interrogated via video conference for the time being.

Hearing on June 18

“In the meantime, the petitioner or his advocate-on-record would communicate the e-mail address of the petitioner to the State so that for the purposes of interrogation or answering any query of the investigating officer, the petitioner can make himself available by way of video-conference,” the order by Justice Tirthankar Ghosh read.

The matter will come up for hearing again in the court on June 18.


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