Narada case: SC judge recuses himself from hearing Bengal CM’s petition
Justice Aniruddha Bose, a Supreme Court judge, recused himself on Tuesday from hearing petitions of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and state law minister Moloy Ghatak challenging the Calcutta high court order to deny them from filing an affidavit in connection with the 2016 Narada sting case.
Banerjee has accused the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of making “false allegations” about her sitting in protest outside CBI’s Kolkata office after the arrest of two Trinamool Congress (TMC) ministers and another prominent MLA on May 17 in connection with the case. The high court had refused to accept her affidavit on record while hearing the CBI’s plea for transferring the case from the trial court to itself.
The petitions from Banerjee and Ghatak were listed before a vacation bench comprising justices Aniruddha Bose and Hemant Gupta.
Justice Gupta has now requested chief justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana to see if another bench can take up the matter for hearing today.
The CBI has accused Banerjee and TMC leaders of carrying out protests after arrests of the MLAs to pressure the trial court and influence the bail hearing. Banerjee did not deny that she had visited the CBI office on May 17, but said she was there not as a CM but “as a citizen and as a person acquainted with some of accused persons and family of the accused persons”.
She had moved the apex court on Monday to "counter the allegations" made by the CBI.
“There is no evidence of the petitioner holding a dharna or gherao or siege outside the CBI office and are thus false allegations. The petitioner at no point made a forcible entry at the office of the CBI, rather, she cleared a three-tier system of central paramilitary security, as applicable to all persons entering the CBI office premises...when she was present at the CBI office, she abided by all directions issued by officers of the CBI,” the Bengal chief minis’s petition stated.