Four prominent leaders accused in the Narada case appeared in court before a special CBI judge in Kolkata. On April 17, Judge Anupam Mukerjee granted interim bail to the four leaders and ordered them to appear before the court on June 4.
Former city mayor Sovan Chatterjee, state ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra, and state ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim stood before the judge and then left the Bankshall court grounds. The next date for the case’s hearing will be set later in the day, according to Judge Mukherjee.
On the judgment of the Calcutta High Court, a five-judge bench granted temporary release to the four leaders who were detained on May 17 by the CBI, which is investigating the Narada sting tape case. The special CBI court had granted them release on the same day, but the high court delayed the ruling, remanding them in judicial custody.
The four were electronically produced before the special CBI court on May 17 after the investigating agency said it was unable to physically present the accused in court due to a mob of 2,000-3,000 persons protesting outside its office at Nizam Palace.
On the same day, the charge sheet in the Narada sting case was filed in front of the special court. The special court had set the next date of hearing for the accused to appear before it on June 4, after granting interim bail.
They were placed under house arrest on May 21 by a division bench of the Supreme Court, which overturned the special CBI court’s earlier stay on interim bail granted to the four leaders. After the judges of a division bench presided over by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal disagreed on granting interim release to the four defendants, the case was transferred to a bigger bench of five justices.