CBI vs. Bengal Speaker meets, directed by the court
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Monday advised CBI officials to meet Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay in his chamber at 4pm during the day after the investigating agency had moved a petition challenging the legality of the Speaker summoning them in connection with the Narada case.
Justice Rajasekhar Mantha asked the agency to send the officers to the Speaker but directed him not to take any coercive measure against them as their case was pending for disposal before the court. Accordingly, the CBI sleuths met the Speaker on Monday. Bandyopadhyay scheduled another hearing on October 7.
The judge said he would hear the case filed by the CBI at 2pm on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Speaker had summoned CBI and ED officials to his chamber on September 22 to seek their explanation as to what law prompted them to take action against members of the House without obtaining his consent.
The ED also filed a petition on Monday challenging the Speaker’s action. Justice Mantha said both the cases would be heard together on Tuesday.
Suvendu case Calcutta High Court on Mon- day issued an interim stay till the last week of November on all types of investigations against Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari on charges of allegedly stealing tarpaulins from Contai municipality godown on May 29.
The court will hear the case again on November 29. Seeking quashing of the charges brought against him, Suvendu had moved the high court.
Post-results violence Calcutta High Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction with the role of the special investigation team set up by it for probing cases of post-poll results violence.
A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal made some adverse remarks on the SIT after the investigating team placed its status report before the court.
“Had the team consulted Justice Manjula Chellur before submitting this report before the court? It seems that team members are not really conducting the probe seriously,” the Acting CJ said.
The court had appointed Justice Chellur, who is a former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court, as the chairperson of the SIT to monitor the investigation.
The bench asked the SIT to file a fresh report before the court.