New Delhi, October 10 :

The Chennai High Court today upheld yesterday’s order of the Chennai Metropolitan Court to hand over Maoist leader CP Gajurel to the West Bengal police for registering a case against him there. The Metropolitan Court had ordered the local administration to hand over Gajurel to the West Bengal police as demanded by it for initiating legal action against him.

Gajurel’s lawyer A Rahul had challenged the move of the Metropolitan Court in the Chennai High Court saying that the Maoist leader was arrested in an unlawful manner and that the West Bengal police’s move to register the case in West Bengal was unlawful. The verdict was announced following a hearing on a complaint, Gajurel’s lawyer A Rahul told this daily over telephone.

The verdict has authorised the West Bengal police to initiate fresh legal process against Gajurel. The Jalpaiguri police is preparing to register a treason case against Gajurel. “The legal battle in Chennai is almost over,” Rahul said, adding that the Chennai administration will hand over Gajurel to the West Bengal police tomorrow. On September 18 when he was released after serving a three year jail sentence in Chennai, the Jalpaiguri Police had arrested him.