Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Indian Idol issue: anticipatory bail of radio jockey rejected

KOLKATA, OCT 29 (PTI) : The Calcutta High Court today rejected an anticipatory bail prayer of radio jockey Janardan Nitin Brady, whose comments on Indian Idol Prashant Tamang sparked large-scale violence in Siliguri last month.
Brady had apparently made some derogatory comments against Tamang on September 24 during a programme of an FM channel aired in Delhi, which enraged the Nepali community in Darjeeling district from where Tamang hails.
A division bench comprising justices Amit Talukdar and Tapas Giri rejected Brady's bail prayer. The jockey has been accused of inciting violence under section 153A of IPC.
The army and BSF had to be called in to control the violence in Siliguri after Tamang's fans and local people clashed and torched several cars.
The town had virtually turned into a battleground with thousands of people getting involved in the clashes.
Police failed to bring the situation under control and the army had to be called to restore normalcy.