ANI Photo | As WB govt moves SC against HC order on Sandeshkhali, CBI team reaches to Kolkata to take Shahjahan into custody

As the TMC moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Calcutta High Court order to transfer the probe into the attack on an ED team in Sandeshkhali to the CBI, a team from the premier central probe agency on Tuesday arrived at the CID headquarters in Kolkata to take jailed suspended ruling party strongman Sheikh Shahjahan into its custody.
Shahjahan, who was absconding after a team from the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) came under attack while raiding his Sandeshkhali residence in connection with the alleged ration scam case, was placed in the custody of the state police after his arrest.
As he continued to remain in the wind even after hundreds of women in Sandeshkhali came out against the TMC strongman, accusing him of perpetrating atrocities on them along with his henchmen, the high court sanctioned his arrest by either the state police, ED or CBI.
However, close to two months after reportedly being on the run, Shahjahan was nabbed by the state police and taken into custody.
A three-member CBI team, flanked by CRPF escorts, arrived at the CID headquarters, Bhabani Bhaban, on Tuesday.
Dealing a blow to the Mamata Banerjee government earlier, the high court transferred the Sandehskhali case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
A division bench led by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court also ordered the state police to immediately hand over the suspended TMC strongman to the CBI.
The division bench also set aside an earlier order for setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the attack on the ED team. It also ordered the transfer of two cases registered at Nazhat police station and the Bongaon police station against Shahjahan to the central agency.
The high court also directed the West Bengal Police to hand over Sheikh Shahjahan and all documents related to the ongoing probe against him to the CBI by 4.30 pm on Tuesday.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi filed a plea in the Supreme Court, challenging the high court order to hand the case against the suspended TMC strongman to the CBI.
The apex court asked the senior advocate to mention the plea before the registrar general of the apex court.
Meanwhile, members of the BJP’s students’ front, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Tuesday staged a protest on the Lucknow University campus against the Sandeshkhali violence.
An island in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, Sandeshkhali came to hog national headlines after women, with their faces covered, came out on the streets accusing Shahjahan and his aides of excesses and land-grab

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