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Calcutta HC orders house arrest of four leaders held in Narada case

The judges of the division bench directed that the leaders, placed under judicial remand so far, will remain in house confinement for now.

Published: 21st May 2021 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd May 2021 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee. | (Image | Facebook)

Calcutta High Court has ordered house arrest of West Bengal Minister Subrata Mukherjee and three other political leaders. | (Image | Facebook)

Express News Service

KOLKATA:  A two-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the house arrest of three Trinamool Congress MLAs, including two ministers, and a former mayor of Kolkata, who were arrested by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting operation case. 

The order stipulated that their bail plea will be heard from Monday by a larger bench of the court.  The court passed the order after a difference of opinion split the two-member bench. While Justice Arijit Banerjee passed an order allowing interim bail, Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal disagreed and ordered house arrest.

The court, in its order, said the two ministers will only be allowed virtual access to officials from their respective departments during the period of house arrest. “We direct that the officials will not have any direct access to the accused.However, they are permitted to deal with the files sent to them online and hold meetings through video conferencing.

A complete log of the video conferencing along with the details of the persons with whom it was held and the purpose, thereof, shall be maintained. The video conferencing facility shall not be used for any other purpose,’’ the order says. 

The court also ordered that a record be made of those visiting the houses of the accused during the period of house arrest. The jail authorities have been directed to install CCTVs at the entry points of the residences of the accused. In the petition, MLA Firhad Hakim’s lawyer said he was playing a key role in Kolkata’s fight against Covid-19, and considering the present situation, he be granted bail. The court turned down the prayer. 



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  • anthony

    The Country is painfully aware of how the Central Agencies are being misused to target opposition Leaders and Parties. This is the Ugly face of Modi's Maan Ki Baat and his innocent pretensions behind TV cameras in his repeated addresses to the Nation.Central Government Tax and Enforcement Agencies like Income Tax Dept and Enforcement Directorate have rarely raided BJP Leaders over the last six years. It will be nice to know through the media if any BJP leader has been issued any IT or ED Notice during the last six years. ED or IT departments would have known that large sums of money were transacted for luring of MLAs at the time of toppling of non-BJP governments but have turned a blind eye.
    4 months ago reply
  • Pravakar Sahoo

    Very informative
    4 months ago reply
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