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MP Nusrat Jahan faces contempt of court order over visiting pandal amidst restrictions

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Actress and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan visited a pandal on Ashtami and paid floral tributes. A lawyer has now sent notices to several people including Nusrat Jahan, her husband Nikhil Jain, BJP leader Mahua Moitra and film director Sreejith for contempt of court order. Along with this, notice has also been sent to the Director General of State Police.

This year, actress-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan went to the Durga Puja pandal despite the Calcutta High Court banning entry into pandals due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The court banned the entry of outsiders in Durga Puja pandals after a petitioner demanded a ban during Durga Puja, keeping in mind the rise in coronavirus cases. Advocate Sabyasachi Chatterjee said that the matter would soon be brought before the court.

Significantly, the Calcutta HC, while hearing the petition, had banned the entry of general public in Durga Puja pandals in West Bengal. "It was surprising that public representatives such as Nusrat Jahan and Mahua Moitra entered the pandals despite they were declared no-entry zones. This is a clear contempt of court, he said.

'Misused her position'

"It is also a contempt for the particular post in which she has misused her position as MP to enter the pandal," he said.

MP Nusrat Jahan and her businessman husband Nikhil Jain were photographed in South Kolkata's prominent pandal on October 24.

Chatterjee said, "If this is the attitude of the celebrities in the state, what will be the fate of the verdict?... what will the public think?"

The legal notice asks Nusrat to provide information regarding their entry. If the answer is not found right, then contempt of court will be taken against them. Regarding the entry into the pavilion, a bench of Justice Sanjeev Banerjee and Justice Arijit Banerjee had directed that no one other than the puja organizers, priests, Dhak players can enter the pavilion.

Nusrat had earlier said that she was a member of  for three years. If she proves that she is a member of Suruchi Sangh, then she can escape the charge of contempt of court.

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