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Narada case: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee files fresh application in Calcutta HC for submitting affidavits

The next hearing of the Narada sting tapes case in the five-judge bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal is scheduled on Tuesday.
 

Narada case: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee files fresh application in Calcutta HC for submitting affidavits-dnm
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Kolkata, First Published Jun 29, 2021, 11:01 AM IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee late on Monday filed a fresh affidavit in Calcutta High court in the Narada case as directed by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Law Minister Moloy Ghatak and the State government to approach the Calcutta High Court with their application to take on record their affidavits over allegations about their role on the day of the arrest of Trinamool Congress leaders by the CBI in the Narada scam case.

The High Court will have to accept the affidavits in regards to the ongoing Narada case as per the orders of the Supreme Court on Friday, June 25. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 29.

The Supreme Court on last Friday had annulled the Calcutta High Court's June 9 order refusing to take on record the reply-affidavits Mamata Banerjee and Moloy Ghatak for their role on the day of the arrest of four Trinamool Congress leaders on May 17 by the CBI in the Narada scam case.

The investigating agency has sought transfer of the Narada case from the special CBI court here to the high court.

Three appeals including one by the state government were filed before the Supreme Court challenging the high court's denial for filing of affidavits by Banerjee and Ghatak in their role on the day of arrest of West Bengal ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee on May 17 by the CBI in the Narada sting case.

In its transfer application of the Narada case from the special CBI court here to the high court, the investigating agency has made the chief minister and the law minister parties in the matter.

On May 17, Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the CBI, which is investigating the Narada sting tape case.

The Calcutta High Court on June 9 refused to accept the reply-affidavits of Mamata Banerjee and Moloy Ghatak. The court was urged by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the affidavits cannot be accepted on the ground of delay as they were filed after the completion of his arguments.

Journalist Mathew Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, had conducted a Narada sting operation 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 four arrested politicians were ministers in the Mamata Banerjee government at that time. Ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, the sting operation was made public.

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