KOLKATA: The Calcutta high court will on Friday resume hearing of the bail pleas of the four senior Bengal politicians arrested in the Narada sting case and the CBI’s petition to transfer the trial out of Bengal. On Thursday, a notice was posted on the high court website around noon that said, “Due to unavoidable circumstances, the First Division Bench will not assemble today”.
This led to a flurry of legal consultations on both sides. Lawyers representing the four heavyweight politicians — Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee — conferred with senior counsels in New Delhi while senior CBI officials were seen rushing to additional solicitor general Y J Dastoor’s HC chamber.
On Wednesday, the bench had heard the case for over two-and-a-half-hours and the CBI was supposed to file a reply to the pleas by the four arrested leaders seeking a recall of their Monday night bail-cancellation order. Among the four, Hakim is lodged in Presidency correctional home while the others are under treatment at SSKM hospital.
Initially, it appeared that all four arrested leaders would move an appeal for the case to be heard by a different division bench on Thursday. Later, Madan Mitra’s lawyer Niladri Bhattacharya confirmed that they had moved such a plea before the HC registrar-general but were told that the first division bench of acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee will resume hearing at 11am on Friday.