Kolkata: Accused of booth capturing, “absconding” Trinamool Congress legislator Dipali Saha was granted bail Monday after she surrendered before a West Bengal court.
Saha, who represents Sonamukhi in Bankura district, had been claimed to be absconding after a first information report (FIR) was filed by a presiding officer in April accusing her of forcibly entering a poll booth along with supporters and casting at least 100 votes.
Saha yesterday surrendered before a court in Bishnupur in the district which granted her conditional bail.
“She (Saha) has been very sick all these days and after recovering, she today (Monday) suo motu surrendered before the court which granted her bail on depositing Rs5 lakh personal surety,” said her counsel Santosh Mukherjee.
Mukherjee also said that the court granted bail after it was contended that development work in Saha’s constituency would be hampered if she was taken into custody.
With Bishnupur legislator Shyama Prasad Mukherjee claiming Saha was at her home all these days, political rivals have slammed police for their inability to arrest her and accused the ruling party of using the administration for its own use.
“Saha was ill so she was at home, she was not absconding. Ask police why they could not arrest her,” Mukherjee said after Saha was granted bail.