The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the Calcutta High Court’s June 9 order refusing to hear West Bengal’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, and state law minister Moloy Ghatak’s reply-affidavits in response to the CBI’s transfer plea in the Narada scam case.
A vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari urged the high court’s five-judge bench, led by acting Chief Justice Rajeesh Bindal, to reconsider Banerjee, Ghatak, and the state government’s petitions before deciding on the CBI petition seeking transfer of the scam case to the high court itself.
The Supreme Court was hearing three appeals, including one from the state government, challenging the high court’s denial of Banerjee and Ghatak’s request to file affidavits in their roles on the day of the CBI’s arrest of four Trinamool Congress leaders in the Narada scam case on May 17.
It has been stated that the state ruling party leaders played a key role in preventing the CBI from carrying out its legal responsibilities following the arrest of four leaders in the case.
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