A division bench headed by Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee
The Case relating to the arrest of four TMC Leaders, [All India Trinamool Congress] by the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI], in the Narada Sting Case, was to be heard by the Divison Bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee but is canceled due to “unavoidable circumstances”.
All the four TMC Ministers were arrested by the CBI on Monday, 17 May. The Special CBI Court gave interim bail to the accused. But on the same day, the High Court of Calcutta stayed the order of the interim bail of the accused after the oral submission made by the CBI and on the grounds of “unprecedented mob pressure”.
The Four arrested leaders are Firhad Khan, Subrata Mukherjee, and Madan Mitra of TMC [All India Trinamool Congress] and former Mayor of Kolkata ‘Sovan Chattopadhyay.
The hearing was to be made by The Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta for CBI, and Senior Advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Siddarth Luthra for the 3 of 4 arrested TMC Ministers.
These arrests were made after Governor “Jagdeep Dhankar”, gave consent to CBI to file a charge sheet and sanctioned prosecution against the 4 TMC accused.
THE Narada Sting Case:
A sting operation was conducted by “Mathew Samuel”, the Managing Editor of Tehelka. This operation was conducted over 2 years in West Bengal. From 2014 to 2016.
As part of the operation, Samuel formed a fictitious company named Impex Consultancy Solutions and approached several TMC ministers, MPs, and leaders, asking them for favours in return for money.
It’s a 52 hours photographed sting operation done by Samuel and his colleague. The accused were seen accepting alleged bribes in the form of cash to extend unofficial favors to Samuel’s company.
After the operation, the state government initiated its probe, which booked Samuel under various sections of IPC. In 2016, the High Court stayed the state probe for ad infimum, observing that the police cannot run a concurrent investigation along with a court-monitored probe.
In 2017, the Calcutta High Court ordered that the preliminary probe be conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI].