The Tripura High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Minister and CPI(M) leader Badal Choudhury, indicted in the alleged ₹640-crore Public Works Department scam of 2008. Lawyers representing the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly insisted on bail citing Mr. Choudhury’s fragile health. After the bail plea was rejected, counsel indicated their decision to move the Supreme Court. Mr. Choudhury was admitted to the ICU of the government GBP Hospital after he complained of chest pain in the custody of West Agartala police on Wednesday.He was locked up at the police station barely for 30 minutes after the police took his custody upon his discharge from the private hospital where he took admission a week ago ending his disappearance amid intensive police search.Street protestsThe CPI(M) has been organising street protests for the past two days protesting the alleged forceful removal of Mr. Choudhury from the private hospital. The party alleged that police officials misbehaved with its leader at the police station.Former Member of Parliament, the 69-year-old CPI(M) veteran was made prime accused in the case filed by the Vigilance Department. The investigation was later handed over to the Crime Branch.Sources said senior police officials were consulting doctors at the GBP Hospital on taking back Mr. Choudhury in their custody.Remains elusiveMeanwhile, former Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary incharge of PWD in 2008, remained elusive despite searches by a team of the Crime Branch at New Delhi and Gurugram. Another accused, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik, was arrested and remanded in custody.
On Tuesday, we brought you the heartbreaking story of a Tuscaloosa teen with autism who had his video games stolen, but today that teen is playing once again.Tyler Lee used a PlayStation 2 for special learning games to keep his mind active, and when they were stolen last week from his grandmother’s house, he was left questioning why someone would do such an awful thing.But Tyler’s story touched the hearts of so many viewers, they reached out to help, offering anything they could so Tyler could get back to some semblance of normalcy.One couple reached out and replaced Tyler’s 65-inch TV, and fellow Echols Middle School student Mitt Landers stepped up and offered his PS2.After those needs were met, dozens more Good Samaritans pitched in to get Tyler all kinds of games, but also goodies like his favorite snacks and drinks.Tyler’s grandmother, Wanda Powell, said she’s overwhelmed by the generosity that’s poured forth.“We thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” Powell said. “You just don’t know what it means to see him back happy.”Powell said she’s had a security alarm and a video system installed in her home to keep any other potential thieves at bay.