The West Bengal government and Trinamool Congress leaders including state minister Sugata Roy moved the Supreme Court on Monday against the Calcutta high court’s direction ordering a CBI probe into the Narada payoffs allegedly involving members of the ruling party and senior police officers.
The top court will on Tuesday hear Roy and another TMC leader Suvendu Adhikary’s petitions.
A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar will take up their appeals at 2pm, which wants the SC to stay the HC order.
The appeal assailed the March 17 high court directions and termed them “erroneous” and “contrary to law”, which are “liable to be struck down”.
The State has claimed that the high court issued the directions in “haste” despite West Bengal Police taking all necessary steps to go to the bottom of the case.
The Narada case deals with tapes that allegedly show prominent TMC leaders accepting cash from a man posing as an agent of a company keen to set up projects in Bengal.
The Bengal government was in for a jolt after the high court bench headed by acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre ordered the CBI to gather all case-related documents within 24 hours, conduct a preliminary probe within 72 hours and decide whether registration of a fresh case was required.
The State was directed to launch within seven days departmental proceedings against IPS officer SMH Meerza, rejecting the Mamata Banerjee government’s attempts to cast aspersions on the CEO of the website, which carried out the sting operation.
The alleged events on the tapes date back to the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 but the visuals surfaced just before the state assembly elections last year, which Mamata swept.