C Times, 24 July 2017, Agartala
Amidst the ongoing Gorkhaland turbulence, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday sought an arrest warrant against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung and 21 others for being absent during the hearing in the 2010 Madan Tamang murder case.
The Kolkata High Court had on 19 July supervised the Central Bureau of Investigation to bring Gurung and other accused to the city sessions court on 24 July for trial in the murder case of Madan Tamang. Gurung, who is motivating the turbulence for a separate state, is subterranean in the Hills.
The division bench comprehending acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty had also directed that hearing on framing of charges in the murder case be completed in the city sessions court by August 17. The bench also wondered whether the hearing on framing of charges could be completed in the absence of the accused.
All the 22 accused are out on anticipatory bail and as a condition of bail, they were required to stay within the jurisdiction of Calcutta Police until the trial was completed.
The 62-year-old Madan Tamang was bayoneted to death in full public view in Darjeeling in May 2010. President of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, Tamang was seen as a conservative face of the Gorkhaland turbulence.