The Calcutta High Court today refused to pass any order on a bail petition by Chatradhar Mahato, a prominent tribal leader who was the face of the Lalgarh movement in West Bengal, saying it would hear out his appeal and bail application together.
The court said that it would not decide on the bail petition before hearing Mahato's appeal against his conviction and sentence by a trial court.
He was arrested in September 2009 on several charges, including waging war against the country and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and was alleged to be close to Maoists, who once held sway over the tribal Jangalmahal area.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Midnapore district court in 2015.
The Maoists were dislodged after an extensive flushing out operation by the central forces, assisted by units of the state police.
Contingents of central paramilitary force were still deployed in the Jangalmahal area.
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