The Apex Court Friday nullified the Calcutta High Court’s June 9 decree repudiating to take reply-affidavits of West Bengal, its CM Mamata Banerjee and state Law Minister Moloy Ghatak on the CBI’s transfer applications regarding the Narada scam case. A vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari requested the 5-judge bench of the High Court, led by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, to determine afresh the supplications of Banerjee, Ghatak and the state government before choosing on the CBI appeal seeking transfer of the scam case to the high court itself.
The apex court was hearing three supplications including that of the state government protesting the high court’s refute for filing of affidavits by Banerjee and Ghatak in their role on the day of detention of four Trinamool Congress leaders on May 17 by CBI in the Narada scam case. It has been claimed that the state ruling party leaders played a major role in obstructing the CBI from conducting its legitimate duty after the capture of four leaders in the case.
Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and previous mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee were caught by the CBI which is probing the Narada sting tape case on a 2017 decree of the high court.