Mamata Banerjee’s lawyer targeted the Governor in the defamation case, called it an attempt to publicize political issues

West Bengal Governor Dr CV Anand Bose filed a defamation case against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 28, a day after Banerjee claimed that women had complained to her that they were scared to visit the Raj Bhavan due to the activities taking place there. However, the Calcutta High Court adjourned the hearing of the defamation case filed by the West Bengal governor till Thursday. Following the adjournment, Mamata Banerjee’s legal advisor Sanjoy Basu hit out at the governor. The defamation case filed by Bose was listed for hearing before a bench of Justice Krishna Rao.

Sanjoy Basu said the governor’s defamation case also appears to be an attempt by her to publicise other political issues, such as the refusal of elected members to take oath before the Speaker, under the guise of defamation. We will defend these allegations appropriately. We have come to know that a defamation case has been filed against the chief minister and others over the Trinamool chief’s alleged statements that women feel unsafe in the Raj Bhavan. Given recent incidents where women have approached law enforcement agencies with allegations related to the Raj Bhavan, he said it would be appropriate to highlight the suffering of women, especially when the chief minister herself is a woman.

Governor Bose had approached the High Court, which directed him to withdraw and re-file his defamation case against Mamata Banerjee. During an administrative meeting at the state secretariat, Banerjee had said on June 27, “Women have informed me that they are afraid to visit the Raj Bhavan due to recent incidents there.” Following Banerjee’s remarks, the governor had said that public representatives are expected not to create a “wrong and reprehensible impression”.

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