The Supreme Court today granted bail to former Left Front minister and CPI-M MLA Susanta Ghosh in connection with a skeletons recovery case.
While granting bail, a bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Gyan Sudha Misra imposed the condition that Ghosh would not visit West Bengal's West Midnapore district other than his Assembly constituency Garbeta.
The apex court, which allowed his appeal against the denial of bail by the Calcutta High Court on September 29, last year, said Ghosh would also have to visit a police station nearest to his residence on the last Sunday of every month between 11 AM and 2 PM.
Other conditions for his bail would be imposed by the trial court.
Ghosh's bail plea was argued by advocate Ajay Sharma, who had filed the appeal against the high court order.
Ghosh has been in custody since August 11, last year after his arrest by the state CID for his alleged complicity in the murder of Ajay Acharya, whose son filed an FIR following discovery of his skeleton from a pit.
Seven skeletons were dug out from a pit in a field near Ghosh's ancestral house at Benachapra in West Midnapore district. DNA tests proved that one of the skeletons was that of Acharya. In the FIR, Shyamal Acharya named Ghosh as one of the key accused.
He alleged that his father had been murdered along with the other six, all Trinamool Congress supporters, in September 2002 and their bodies were buried.
Ghosh has maintained that it is a politically-motivated case and was filed after a change in the government in the state.
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