The Supreme Court has annulled the Calcutta High Court’s order to not accept the affidavit of the state in the Narada bribery case. It has allowed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal government, and state law minister Moloy Ghatak to file their applications before the high court.
Justice Sen pointed out to the SG that the judgments cited by him (as above) referred to disruptive circumstances that arose 'during the course of trial'. The judge asked: "Can you give us any illustration of the present case where such transfer was allowed in bail application?"
Justice IP Mukerji said: We are almost under full lockdown. This probe started in 2017. They were not arrested then and probe was completed without arresting them. Why do you think they need to be arrested now and prevented from discharging their public duties?”
The Government of India made out the case that West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is impeding the progress of the Narada case following the arrest of Trinamool Congress leaders Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee.