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Narada case: CBI moves SC against HC house arrest order, seeks adjournment of HC hearing

The CBI has informed the High Court that it has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, which has been provisionally numbered.

Narada case: CBI moves SC against HC house arrest order, seeks adjournment of HC hearing-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published May 24, 2021, 10:18 AM IST
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In a key development, the CBI moved the Supreme Court against the Calcutta High Court's order directing house arrest of 4 West Bengal leaders in the Narada case. Subsequently, it sought adjournment of the hearing before the Constitution Bench of the Calcutta HC scheduled at 11 am on Monday.

The CBI has informed the High Court that it has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court, which has been provisionally numbered.

The Bengal governor had on May 7 sanctioned the prosecution of ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee on a request by the CBI, which is probing the sting operation that had purportedly caught on camera politicians accepting bribes.

All four of them, arrested by the central agency amid high drama on May 17, were state ministers at the time of the alleged commission of a crime.

It is pertinent to note that the division bench of the HC comprising Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Bindal gave conflicting opinions on May 21 and referred the matter to a larger bench.

During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stressed that there was an "orchestrated attempt" to see that justice was not done when the Special CBI court heard the case. Maintaining that the country never witnessed such hooliganism until now, he also hinted at the ability of the accused persons to influence the witnesses and the trial.

Meanwhile, the court permitted the accused to deal with the files sent to them online and hold meetings via video conferencing. It also ordered that a complete record of any person visiting their house shall be maintained along with its duration and the purpose.

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