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'Terror Created by Mamata's Presence': CBI Tells Court as Bengal CM, Minister Become Party in Narada Case Plea

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

The CBI also claimed that the law minister of West Bengal was present in court, where the accused were to be presented, along with a mob.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak have been made parties in a petition by the CBI before the Calcutta High Court seeking transfer of the Narada sting tape case from the state.

The bench will also hear petitions by ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and
former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee for recall of its order staying the bail granted by a CBI court in connection with their arrest in the case, on Monday.

In its plea, the CBI stated it could not seek their custody on Monday “as a result of the terror created by and at the behest of the arrested accused persons” by the presence Chief Minister and others.

The CBI also claimed that the law minister of West Bengal was present in court, where the accused were to be
presented, along with a mob.

The probe agency said that a number of followers of the arrested political leaders gheraoed the CBI office in
Nizam Palace area, and did not allow its officers to move out to enable them to produce the accused in court.

They were produced before the special CBI court through the virtual mode on Monday.

Besides Banerjee and Ghatak, the probe agency has also made Trinamool Congress MP and lawyer Kalyan Banerjee a party in its petition before the high court.

Representing the CBI, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had on Monday evening told the division bench of
Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee that an extraordinary situation had evolved, with the chief minister of the state sitting on a dharna outside the office of the investigating agency here.

(with PTI inputs)

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first published:May 19, 2021, 16:30 IST