Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court ordered the house arrest of four Bengal political leaders, including two ministers and a Trinamul Congress MLA. All four were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Narada sting case earlier in the week. The court on Friday left it to a larger bench to rule on their plea for interim bail.
This order was passed by the Calcutta High Court on Friday following a difference of opinion among the current bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee. Justice Bindal ordered house arrest while Justice Banerjee was for interim bail.
Justice Arijit Banerjee’s call for interim bail was opposed by the acting chief justice Rajesh Bindal. The bench said the house arrest was given in view of the Covid situation.
The bench turned down CBI’s plea for a stay of the order and added the arrestees can access files and meet officials, only through video conferencing, reported The Telegraph Kolkata.
The acting chief justice also informed the counsels of prosecution and defence, since he and his colleagues had difference of opinion on the bail plea, the four arrested political leaders must be kept in house arrest.
The matter will again be taken up for hearing before a larger bench on Monday, May 24.