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AGARTALA | Oct 21, 2019:
The sensational anticipatory bail plea hearing of former PWD minister Badal Chowdhury concluded in Tripura High Court today but the presiding Judge, Justice Arindam Lodh is yet to pass an order on the plea made by Chowdhury's lawyers, Bikash Bhattacharjee from Calcutta and local advocate Purushottam Roy Barman.
As scheduled earlier, the hearing of the case commenced at 2 in the afternoon and continued for close to three hours with both sides pressing for their plea.
Representing the state, advocate general Arun Kanti Bhowmik said that Badal Chowdhury was involved in the case as there was no cabinet approval for the infrastructural work executed at sharply hiked rate. He also said that the reason that Badal Chowdhury was absconding proved his guilt and no absconder can be granted anticipatory bail.
Rebutting the advocate general's arguments, eminent lawyer Bikash Bhattacharjee said that the entire excess expenditure had been approved in advance by the cabinet which deals with policy matters but the execution was done with approval from state level Work Advisory Committee (WAC).