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HC dismisses criminal contempt plea against Mamata

Posted on Dec 19, 07:34AM | UNI

A two-judge bench of Calcutta High Court today dismissed a plea seeking criminal contempt petition against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on the judiciary.

The bench, comprising Chief Justice Arun Kumar Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi, however, disapproved of the Chief Minister's comments against the judiciary made at a function at the state Legislative Assembly in August.

The court heard the plea afresh after presiding judge of the division bench Kalyanjyoti Sengupta was transferred to Uttarakhand High Court recently.

Justice Sengupta had also appointed two senior lawyers for assistance. After a lengthy hearing, the bench reserved its verdict.

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

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

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