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HC hears criminal contempt case against Mamata: fixes Dec 14 next hear

Posted on Dec 08, 01:01PM | UNI

In a dramatic situation, Calcutta High Court today heard afresh the criminal contempt case against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and fixed the next date of hearing on December 14 .

As the bench comprising acting Chief Justice Pratap Kumar Roy and Justice Subal Baidya began hearing the case, a man suddenly appeared before the bench pushing aside lawyers and pleaded before the court that he had got evidence of court judgements being purchased.

Taken aback, the bench called the policemen who detained Indrajit Biswas(40), a small-time businessman from Bolpur town in Birbhum district. Biswas was later allowed to leave the court after he regretted his move.

The case needed a fresh hearing as the presiding judge of the division bench was transferred to Uttarkhand High Court. Justice Sengupta also appointed two senior lawyers for assistance. After a lengthy hearing, the bench reserved its verdict .

The court initiated the contempt case against Banerjee after lawyers Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Subrata Muherjee moved the bench placing the chief minister's imputations concerning judiciary at a function on August 14.

Speaking at the West Bengal Legislative Assembly's platinum jubilee celebrations, the chief minister allegedly said there were instances of court judgements being purchased.

Bhattacharya, former city mayor and advocate general of Tripura submitted the video recorded statement of the chief minister supplied by two regional TV Channels.