By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Dec 12,2017: In a sudden turn of events, the High Court of Tripura today served notice on television journalist Santanu Bhowmik’s murder to the state and central governments and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Santanu’s father – Sadhan Bhowmik moved the court yesterday seeking CBI enquiry on his son’s murder.
Speaking to this correspondent, counsel to Santani’s father – Samrat Kar Bhowmik said that evidence of the murder was getting destroyed by the day.
He added that the parties involved with the case would have to submit their opinions on the issue within December 20. The case would be heard again on the day.
The petition was heard in a Division Bench of Chief Justice T. Vaiphei and Justice Subhashish Talapatra.
Speaking on the petition for CBI enquiry, advocate Samrat Kar Bhowmik said that there was a host of discrepancies in the reported version of the murder and its probe details.
There was no exhibit submitted to the court by Sub-Inspector Suleiman Reang on September 21, one day after the murder, when the latter produced two suspects in a local court. Reang was investigating officer of the case before Special Investigation Tea, (SIT) took over.
Almost a month after the incident on October 17, the SIT produced five seizure lists before the court. These included blood-stained clubs and two of the items were claimed to have been seized on the day of murder.
Advocate Kar Bhowmik flagged these issues and the court sought opinions from all three stakeholders related to the case.
Advocate General of Tripura Bijan Chandra Das said that the petition would be heard again on Deceber 20.
Journalist Santanu Bhowmik (28) – who used to work for a local cable television channel – DinRaat, was murdered with multiple stab marks on September 20. He was killed while covering protests of Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) at Mandai on September 20.