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[bartaman paper]West Bengal News: Anandabazar Patrika Editor Summoned By Cops, Then Steps Down

Update time:2021-10-01 05:55Tag:

  Speaking to The Quint, however, Chattopadhyay denied any political angle to his exit.

  “My decision to resign as editor of Anandabazar Patrika was taken by me a long time back. I have been trying to relieve myself of this duty for more than a year, but there were issues that needed to be sorted out first,” Chattopadhyay said.

  Interestingly, news about the summon to him by the Kolkata police came to the fore after West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted on 28 May that he had sought an update from the Home Secretary of the state on the same.

  According to sources, the editor was served a notice by the Hare Street Police Station in Kolkata on 25 May to appear before them for questioning.

  Chattopadhyay had then sent a letter to the police station stating that he would be unable to make a physical appearance.

  In the letter, which has been accessed by The Quint, he wrote that he had filed a plea for anticipatory bail at the Calcutta High Court and also that he had been advised not to venture into public places due to the COVID-19 situation and his old age.

  Speaking to The Quint about the police summon, Chattopadhyay said that the legal department of Anandabazar Patrika was looking into it and that he would say nothing further.

  Chatterjee took over as editor of the daily four years ago. Sources in the newspaper also told The Quint that he had been having disagreements with the ABP group, of which the newspaper is a part, on various issues like pay-cuts and staff layoffs.