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AGARTALA, Oct 31 - The High Court of Tripura today rejected the bail plea of former PWD minister and present Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Tripura Assembly, Badal Chowdhury, who is an accused in a corruption case under investigation.

There was a daylong hearing on Chowdhury�s bail plea with his team of lawyers, led by Calcutta High Court advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee and his deputies, arguing in his favour and the Government side, represented by Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik, firmly opposing the plea.

Justice Lodh formally proclaimed his order, rejecting the bail, later in the day.

While the government panel of lawyers described the rejection of the bail plea as a �moral victory�, Chowdhury�s team of lawyers refused to comment on the court order. However, they expressed their disappointment and hinted that a petition to the Supreme Court against the rejection of the bail order was being considered.

Chowdhury, who is wanted in the multi-crore-rupee PWD scam, is at present admitted to the ICU of the GBP Hospital here. Sources said that the veteran politician would be shifted to the police station once the medical board discharges him.

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Bail plea of ex-minister rejected

AGARTALA, Oct 31 - The High Court of Tripura today rejected the bail plea of former PWD minister and present Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Tripura Assembly, Badal Chowdhury, who is an accused in a corruption case under investigation.

There was a daylong hearing on Chowdhury�s bail plea with his team of lawyers, led by Calcutta High Court advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee and his deputies, arguing in his favour and the Government side, represented by Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik, firmly opposing the plea.

Justice Lodh formally proclaimed his order, rejecting the bail, later in the day.

While the government panel of lawyers described the rejection of the bail plea as a �moral victory�, Chowdhury�s team of lawyers refused to comment on the court order. However, they expressed their disappointment and hinted that a petition to the Supreme Court against the rejection of the bail order was being considered.

Chowdhury, who is wanted in the multi-crore-rupee PWD scam, is at present admitted to the ICU of the GBP Hospital here. Sources said that the veteran politician would be shifted to the police station once the medical board discharges him.

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