Narada sting case: CBI withdraws  appeal from SC against Calcutta HC order allowing house arrest of 4 leaders

Kolkata: A day after appealing to the Supreme Court over the Narada sting scam, the CBI on Tuesday had withdrawn the appeal against the Calcutta High Court for allowing house arrest for the arrested TMC leaders namely Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee and former TMC minister Sovan Chatterjee.

According to the CBI sources, the CBI would now bank on the verdict of the division bench of five judges that was formed on May 21.

After getting to know that the case is being heard in Calcutta High Court, the vacation bench of Supreme Court comprising Justices Vineet Saran and B R Gavai asked the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to withdraw and plea from the apex court and also to raise all the grievances at the Calcutta High Court.

Notably, due to severe cyclonic storm Yaas in West Bengal and Odisha border, the Calcutta High Court would remain closed on May 26-27 and the hearing of the Narada sting scam that was scheduled on May 26 has been postponed.

It is pertinent to mention that the CBI had arrested four TMC leaders out of which two are ministers namely Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and legislator Madan Mitra and former TMC minister Sovan Chatterjee from their residence on May 17.

Following a bail from the lower court, the CBI moved the High Court who had given a stay on the bail and gave verdict of judicial custody for the leaders.

Following the verdict the leaders were sent to Presidency Correctional Home after which Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee due to health issues were admitted to SSKM hospital.

On May 21, after a difference in opinion between Justice Rajesh Bindal (acting) and Arijit Bandhopadhyay the arrested leaders were sent to house arrest and the two ministers were allowed to take part in the meeting virtually.

Though Firhad Hakim and Sovan Chatterjee are under house arrest, Madan Mitra and Subrata Mukherjee are still at hospital.

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