The Calcutta High Court ordered the house arrest of four political leaders, including two Bengal ministers, who were arrested earlier this week in connection with the Narada sting tapes case.
The judges on the division bench, led by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, were split on whether to lift a stay on bail granted to ministers by a special CBI court. Mukherjee, Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee.
The bench, which also included Justice Arijit Banerjee, eventually decided that the representatives, who had been put under judicial remand, would be held in house arrest for the time being.
Due to a disagreement between Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee, it was also agreed to refer the case to a separate bench.
Following requests from both sides for further arguments on the court’s house arrest warrant, the case is still being heard.
The CBI, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, has asked for a stay on the order’s execution.