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Tripura Cong leader slams police for summoning him in connection with a defamation case by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and wife Niti

Subal Bhowmik on Tuesday slammed the Tripura Police for summoning him in connection with a defamation case filed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and wife Niti.

Addressing a press meet, he insisted that he had nothing to do with the case and that the police were harassing him for no proper reason.

The police had last month arrested Facebook user Anupam Paul from Delhi and charged him with forgery, defamation and criminal conspiracy for allegedly posting derogatory content about the chief minister’s personal life.

He was presented before a local court here, which remanded him in police custody for three days.

Paul, who was earlier associated with the IT cell of the BJP, is currently out on bail.

Investigating Officer Dipankar Paul has since June 27 issued three notices to Bhowmik, who switched to the Congress from the BJP weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, asking him to be appear for questioning at the office of superintendent of police (cyber crime) in connection with the case.

“There are reasonable grounds to question you to ascertain facts and circumstances…” the notice read.

Bhowmik, however, refused to record his statement at any office and requested the police to visit him at his residence for questioning.

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