CBI urges HC to cancel trials in lower court that gave bail to 4 leaders in Narada case
THE Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday prayed before the Calcutta High Court that it cancel the proceedings held before the special CBI court following the arrest of two West Bengal ministers, an MLA and a former city mayor in the Narada sting tape case. Seeking transfer of the Narada sting tape case from the lower court to the HC, the investigating agency claimed before a five-judge bench that pressure was created on that court which granted bail to the four accused. Appearing for the CBI, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta said that the State Chief Minister sat on a dharna at the agency’s office on May 17 following the arrests and a mob of thousands of people gheraoed the office complex at Nizam Palace here.
Mehta urged the court to declare the proceedings before the special CBI court on that day as bad in law on account of that pressure and cancel the proceedings. The SG submitted that Central and State ministers have been arrested on earlier occasions also, but never has such a situation emerged anywhere else. He said that justice should not only be done but should also be seen to be done. The five-judge bench, comprising Acting CJ Rajesh Bindal and justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen, Arijit Banerjee, adjourned hearing till Wednesday.