In a peculiar incident in Kolkata, the officials and chief of an Enforcement Branch (EB) team were supposedly thrashed and compelled to retreat after they tried performing a raid at an outlet in Rajakatra, Bara Bazar. Not only was the team restricted to do their work, but also faced legal threats by the shipowner, whose store they had gone to raid.
The law enforcement group, led by Jugal Kishore Dna, received tips that some foreign cigarettes were illegally being stored in the godown of a store in the Bara Bazar location. The team asked the shop owner, Chandan Pal Chowdhury, to open the godown for checking. However, Chowdhury denied and created a scene.
Later his son Sandeep Pal Chowdhury reached the site, along with his lawyer Abhishek Chakraborty. They objected to the cop’s demand to explore the building. The lawyer inquired the police team to show their papers and search warrant. To this, the EB officials replied that this is how the Branch executes its operations and that they have the full license to hunt and seize commodities goods if required.
To this, advocate Chakraborty responded to the legal dialect and involved the EB team in a controversy on the technicalities of the law. Per reports, Pal Chowdhury, the owner of the shop, tried to prohibit the team from exercising the inspection by repeatedly calling some political leader via phone. Consequently, the team had no choice but to retreat without completing their probe.
Interestingly, this was not the initial time a member of the Pal Chowdhury family had been charged with illegal storage of foreign cigarettes in the basement of the shop. Chandan’s son Sandeep Pal Chowdhury has been challenging a court case related to this for the last year or so.
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