Calcutta High Court defers hearing on CBI plea against bail to TMC leader & a former city mayor

Kolkata : Calcutta High Court on Thursday deferred hearing on a plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation against the bail granted to three prominent leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress and a former mayor of Kolkata arrested in the Narada sting tape case citing “ due unavoidable circumstances.”.

“Due to unavoidable circumstances, the First Division Bench will not assemble today,” a notice in the Calcutta High Court website said today.

A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijeet Banerjee is hearing an application by the CBI to reconsider the bail to the TMC leaders and the former city mayor granted by a lower court on Monday.

The high court on Monday night stayed the lower court’s decision to grant bail to the state ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, Trinamool Congress MLA Madan Mitra and former mayor of Kolkata Sovan Chatterjee, arrested and charge-sheeted by the CBI in the Narada sting case The division bench had said that it deemed it appropriate to stay the special court’s order and direct that the “accused person shall be treated to be in judicial custody till further orders”.

On Wednesday it adjourned hearing by a day in the case The four leaders were arrested on Monday morning from their residences in the city in connection with the Narada sting case that is being investigated by the CBI on an order by the high court.