High Court to pass order on contempt plea against Mamata tomorrow

Wednesday

The Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Pratap Kumar Roy on Wednesday said that it would pass an order in the contempt case filed against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.

Hearing the plea, the Division Bench of Justice Roy and Justice Subal Baidya said they would examine the media reports and video footage placed before it.

On August 14, Mamata had made adverse comment on the judiciary at a seminar in the Assembly saying that judgments could be bought.

Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee had brought it to the notice of the High Court. A Division Bench of Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Asim Mondal first heard the contempt petition.

It appointed two amicus curiae to suggest the Bench whether the remark of the CM was a fit case for drawing a criminal contempt proceedings against her. After examining the affidavits filed by the media houses, amicus curiae Hirak Mitra told the Bench that prima facie Mamata's remarks on the judiciary amounted to contempt of court.

The Division Bench then reserved the verdict on September 27. During puja vacation Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta was transferred to Uttarakhand High Court and the Division Bench did not deliver the verdict.

Today advocate Bhattacharjee pleaded that the Division Bench headed by the Acting Chief Justice Pratap Kumar Roy could hear the contempt petition against the Chief Minister. But government pleader Ashoke Banerjee opposed the plea and said a new bench with Justice Asim Mondal should be constituted to hear the arguments.

However, the Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice said that it would hear case on Friday and would pass an order.

The Division Bench will have to decided whether it is a fit case for issuing contempt rule against Mamata for making the comment inside the Assembly.

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