The CBI has withdrawn its appeal to the Supreme Court against a Calcutta High Court order enabling TMC leaders to be kept under house arrest. A vacation bench consisting of Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai took note of the fact that a five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court is already hearing the Narada bribery case and allowed Solicitor General Tuahar Mehta, who was representing the CBI, to withdraw the appeal and raise all of the grievances in the high court.
“We have not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case and our observations do not reflect our views on merits of the matter,” the bench said, adding that the West Bengal and leaders are also free to raise their submissions on the high court.
The organisation had previously petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a Calcutta High Court order.
On May 21, the high court ordered the transfer of two West Bengal ministers, an MLA, and a former Kolkata mayor from jail to house arrest. Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal presided over a division bench that disagreed on the question of recalling the four accused’s bail stay. It was decided to refer the case to a larger panel of five judges, with a hearing set for 11 a.m.