All four political heavyweights detained by the CBI in connection with the 2016 Narada sting operation case were granted interim bail by the Calcutta high court’s five-judge panel. “The court has granted interim bail. They will have to abide by certain conditions imposed by the court,” said Manishankhar Chatterjee, the advocate of Subrata Mukherjee, one of the accused leaders. The court, led by acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, placed conditions before granting interim bail. Personal bonds of 2 lakh each are provided, as well as two sureties.
A senior judge of the Calcutta High Court also wrote to all judges of the high court, including acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, raising concerns about the acting chief justice’s intervention in the Narada sting case, transferring the case to the HC and staying the bail granted to four alleged TMC leaders by a CBI court.
“The high court must get its act together. Our conduct is unbecoming of the majesty the High Court commands. We have been reduced to a mockery. As such, I am requesting all of us to salvage the situation by taking such steps, including convening a Full Court, if necessary, for the purpose of re-affirming sanctity of our Rules and our unwritten code of conduct,” the judge wrote in a letter accessed by The Indian Express.
Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, two Cabinet ministers, Madan Mitra, a legislator, and Sovan Chatterjee, a former mayor, were detained by the CBI on May 17 in connection with the 2016 Narada sting operation case.
Despite the fact that they were granted interim bail by a special CBI court on the same day, the Calcutta high court later stayed the bail and ordered them to judicial prison.