Supreme Court rejects plea against CBI probe in Narada sting
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined Trinamool Congress leaders’ plea to set aside a Calcutta high court order directing the CBI to probe Narada News’ sting operation.india Updated: Mar 22, 2017 00:17 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined Trinamool Congress leaders’ plea to set aside a Calcutta high court order directing the CBI to probe Narada News’ sting operation.
A bench led by Chief Justice JS Khehar said there was no infirmity with the March 17 HC order and that the central prosecuting agency should be permitted to carry out its job. The bench, however, modified the HC order extending the deadline to complete the investigation from 72 hours to a month.
“We find no infirmity in the determination of the HC. Rights of the petitioners (people allegedly caught on footage taking cash for favours to be done) have been protected as an FIR has been required,” the court recorded in its order, observing a CBI probe was justified because the state’s advocate general had cleared the accused.
It allowed TMC leaders Saugata Roy and others to withdraw their appeals against the HC verdict. Their plea to transfer the case to SC appointed special investigation team (SIT) was turned down.
The bench noted the petitioners will have ample opportunity to assail the CBI’s findings if a criminal case is registered. CBI was given liberty to move the HC if it required more time .
SC remained unimpressed with the arguments put forth by senior advocates Kapil Sibal and AM Singhvi who on behalf of the leaders said the case was purely politically motivated and would impinge on the country’s federal structure as the NDA government could let loose CBI in other non-NDA states.
The two senior advocates’ plea for transferring the case in the high court to another bench was also rejected. Their request to move the case to another state jurisdiction was also denied.
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday evening reacted to the order .
“The SC verdict is positive and constructive,” she said.