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Calcutta HC grants interim bail to 4 TMC leaders arrested in Narada case

A five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail, while asking them to join the probe as and when required via video-conferencing.

Calcutta HC grants interim bail to 4 TMC leaders arrested in Narada case-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published May 28, 2021, 6:19 PM IST
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The Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail to all four Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders namely Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra and Former Mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee, arrested in the Narada case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on May 17.

A five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday granted interim bail, while asking them to join the probe as and when required via video-conferencing.

The HC bench asked the four leaders arrested in the Narada case to submit a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh each with two sureties and told them not to give press interviews on the scam or interfere with the investigation. “Violation of any condition will lead to cancellation of bail,” the Calcutta HC said.

Earlier today morning, the Narada case hearing commenced at 11 am at Calcutta High Court. The five-judges' bench heard today the applications filed by them seeking recall of the order of staying the four TMC leaders bail on Narada related case.

The bench imposed a condition that the four leaders should not make press statements or make media discussions on the pending trial in the Narada case. The bench also clarified that the interim-bail will be subject to the final order in the case, and that the same will stand cancelled, if the CBI succeeds in its petition.

On May 24, the CBI had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court's order, which allowed the house arrest of four TMC leaders, who are accused in the Narada case.

The probe agency, CBI, in its appeal, filed before the apex court, had sought deferment of the larger Bench hearing, fixed for today before the five-Judge Bench of the Calcutta High Court.

The Narada sting operation was conducted by journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, in 2014 wherein some people resembling TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs were seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company in lieu of favours.

The case is related to a sting operation, commonly known as Narada Sting Operation, in which these former public servants were caught on camera while receiving illegal gratification from the Sting Operator, Samuel.

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