Siliguri, 8th November: The Calcutta High Court will hold daily hearings on the petitions for anticipatory bail of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders including party's initial President Bimal Gurung and General Secretary Roshan Giri from November 19.
The GJM agitated to demand a separate state in 2017, during which more than 150 cases were registered against these leaders. A bench of Justice Jayamalya Bagchi and Justice M Mandal said that it would hear the matter daily from November 19.
Public prosecutor Shashwat Mukherjee said that anticipatory bail petitions have been filed against Gurung, Giri and some other leaders of the GJM in over 150 cases. These cases were registered by the West Bengal Police following violent incidents in a demonstration demanding a separate state of GJM in Darjeeling Hills.
According to party spokesperson B. P. Bajgain, the hearing of the cases against Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri along with the others began in the newly set up Jalpaiguri circuit bench of the Calcutta High Court for the past few months, but after the circuit bench failed to hold a regular hearing. Due to this, the defense party demanded that the hearing be held in Calcutta High Court.