Kolkata court rejects Sukharanjan Bali’s plea to stay in India


August 7, 2013

Bali expressed fear that Hasina govt would eliminate him 

Kolkata: The Kolkata High Court (HC) rejected on Tuesday the plea filed by the family of Sukharanjan Bali, a prime witness in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayab-e-Ameer Maulana Delawar Hossain Sayedee, seeking permission to allow Bali to stay in India.

Justice Sanjeeb Banarjee delivered the verdict in a packed court room. Kolkata High Court sources said Sukharanjan Bali can now be sent to Bangladesh any day after August 20, reports Indian media.

“It has been said in the petition that Bali will face persecution or harassment if he is returned to the authorities in Bangladesh. The defence, however, could not submit any strong and acceptable proof before the court that can support the claim. The apprehension is just an assumption,” Banarjee said in the verdict. The judgment means that Bali faces extradition any day after Aug 20.

Earlier, the Indian apex court issued a stay order on sending Bali back to Bangladesh.

It is suspected that Sakharanjan Bali, a minority community member who hails from Pirojpur, the district Sayedee hailed from, fell victim to forced disappearance just before he was supposed to testify in favour of the Jamaat leader at the International Crimes Tribunal ICT) in Dhaka dealing with war crimes cases.

Days later, it was reported that Bali had been jailed in India on charges of intruding the country.

Sukharanjan Bali, a war crimes trial witness who is reported to have been abducted from outside the international crimes tribunal and to have been in an Indian jail, earlier on Friday pleaded in the Supreme Court in India not to deport him to Bangladesh.

Sukharanjan Bali told the court that Sheikh Hasina’s government would eliminate him as he had turned hostile during an ongoing trial on the 1971 war crimes, Kolkata-based Indian daily newspaper The Telegraph said.

The Indian Supreme Court on Friday passed an order staying for two weeks the extradition of Sukharanjan Bali, a Bangladesh national and witness for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, now languishing in a jail at Damdam in Kolkata in India’s Pashchimbanga state.

Bali’s lawyer Debashish Bannarjee said his client should be allowed more time so he can decide on whether he wants to seek political asylum in India or not.

The lawyer said his client’s family thinks if he is deported to Bangladesh, he may be persecuted.

He said Bali’s trespass into India from Dhaka is mysterious. Some government agencies of Bangladesh are behind it.

In such a situation, if he is deported, he will be exposed to those government agencies and be persecuted. So his family has appealed to the court not to deport him, the lawyer said.

Bali, a Hindu man from the southern district of Pirojpur, became traceless after he had reportedly been abducted on November 5, 2012, minutes before giving deposition on behalf of Jamaat-e-Islami’s nayeb-e-amir Delwar Hossain Sayedee.

The daily  New Age in Bangladesh first  on May 16 revealed that Sukharanjan had been ‘abducted from the court premises in a police van and was taken to an office in Dhaka’ where he remained in illegal detention for six weeks before being handed over to India’s Border Security Force in late December last.

Sukharanjan had been detained in different Indian jails for four months and a half before he was being held at the Dum Dum Correctional Home in Kolkata

Source: Daily Prime News