The CBI filed a Supreme Court petition on Monday challenging a Calcutta High Court ruling authorising the house arrest of four Trinamool Congress current and former party officials from Bengal in the Narada bribery case. According to an NDTV storey, the CBI wants today’s High Court hearing on the lawmakers’ bail application to be cancelled.
According to the article, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case at 10.30 a.m. The SC hearing casts doubt on the High Court hearing, which is slated for 11 a.m. Bengal ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra, and Sovan Chatterjee, who left the Trinamool to join the BJP before abandoning that party in March, are among those arrested.
Hakim, a crucial minister in Kolkata’s fight against COVID-19, was also given permission to work from home. The four leaders were placed under house arrest by the Calcutta High Court on Friday, and temporary bail was denied. A CBI motion to stay the order, which would have allowed the four to escape jail, was also denied by the court.
The CBI claimed they were powerful figures who may harm witnesses. It also demands that all legal processes be moved out of the state.
The CBI and central security personnel raided the four leaders’ houses last Thursday, escorting them to the agency’s main Kolkata office and arresting them. The ruling party staged a big demonstration in response to the arrests, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee challenged the investigators to arrest her as well.
The arrests come after Mamata Banerjee’s huge victory in elections earlier this month, and the Trinamool Congress has questioned the timing of the arrests. The BJP has also questioned why Suvendu Adhikari, a former Trinamool member who is now a BJP MLA, and Mukul Roy, another ex-party leader, were not prosecuted.