Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court had directed the CBI to investigate the Narada sting operation case.
The Apex Court has dismissed the Special Leave Petitions of West Bengal govt. & 2 other petitioners filed against the Division Bench order of the Calcutta HC which directed the CBI to investigate the Narada sting operation case.
State had appealed to the Supreme Court against the High Court which had indicted state police for dragging its feet on the Narada issue & made an observation that independent probe would be difficult since the state investigating agency was investigating the ministers & the leaders of the ruling party.
The Apex Court after dismissing the SLPs asked CBI to continue with the probe. However time frame for submission of the preliminary report was extended from 3 days to 1 month.
Moreover, FIR cannot be lodged against the accused & hence no one can be arrested till preliminary report is filed after 1 month.
This’s given a temporary relief to 11 Trinamool Congress leaders who’re allegedly seen taking cash in exchange of favors.
The SC, however, reprimanded the state govt for casting aspersion on the integrity & impartiality of the HC.
Even though the Apex Court has spelt temporary relief for these leaders, this crisis is far from being over.
BJP state president, Dilip Ghosh has also demanded resignation of the accused CM Mamata Banerjee.