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Narada bribery case: CBI withdraws appeal from SC against Calcutta HC order allowing house arrest of 4 leaders

Five-judge bench of Calcutta HC already hearing Narada bribery case, said the Supreme Court.

Narada bribery case: CBI withdraws appeal from SC against Calcutta HC order allowing house arrest of 4 leaders-dnm
New Delhi, First Published May 25, 2021, 6:20 PM IST

In a significant development, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday withdrew its appeal from the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court order allowing house arrest of 4 Trinamool Congress leaders in the Narada alleged bribery case.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and BR Gavai took note of the fact that a five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court is already hearing the Narada bribery case and permitted Solicitor General Tuahar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, to take back its appeal and raise all the grievances there in the High Court.

“We have not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case and our observations do not reflect our views on merits of the matter," the bench said, adding that the West Bengal and leaders are also free to raise their submissions on the High Court.

Earlier, the central probe agency had moved the Supreme Court challenging a Calcutta High Court order. It may be noted that the Calcutta high court had on May 21 ordered the house arrest of two West Bengal ministers, an MLA and a former Kolkata mayor.

The central probe agency had challenged the High Court’s order and referring it to a larger bench.

West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim, Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the CBI last Monday in connection with the Narada sting tape case that is being investigated by the agency on a 2017 order of the High Court.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was left "stunned" on Sunday as TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee launched a tirade against him, claiming that it was at his behest the three TMC leaders and a former city mayor were arrested in the Narada sting operation case.

Dhankhar, without countering the allegation, said he would leave the matter to the discretion of Bengal people.

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