Verdict reserved on contempt plea against Mamata

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday reserved the verdict on the petition for suo motu contempt proceeding against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged remark against the judiciary. Hearing the arguments, the division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi questioned the counsel of the petitioner why the comment passed by Mamata should be treated as contempt of court. The CM had remarked on the corruption in the judiciary on August 14 during a seminar at Assembly. Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, one of the counsels, argued that she intentionally attacked the judiciary to malign it and general people would lose confidence in the judiciary due to such a remark. But the bench pointed out that she had remarked on corruption in the judiciary and society in general. She did not refer to any court like the High Court or Supreme Court or any order passed by the court, said the division bench. Anybody could express their view in a seminar, the bench said.

Govt report sought on steps to combat terror threat

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the home secretary and director general of police to file a report stating the steps taken to combat the terrorist threat in the state. Delivering the order, the division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi asked the state to file the report within three weeks after the vacation.

Teacher recruitment drive: Govt to move division bench

KOLKATA: After the state government received a major jolt in its biggest recruitment drive for primary teachers with the Calcutta High Court's recent stay order, the state government has decided to move to a division bench against the order. Officials of the education department have also urged the high court to provide them an alternative suggestion for trained PTTI students for recruitment, other than the non-trained students.

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