In a minor relief to jailed TMC leaders - Madan Mitra, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee and former TMC MLA Sovhan Chhaterjee, in the Narada sting case, the Calcutta High Court on Friday allowed the leaders to be placed under house arrest, considering pandemic situation.
The two-judge bench comprising of acting CJ Rajnish Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee disagreed over granting bail to the politicians with Justice Banerjee favouring it and Justice Bindal opposing it. The matter has now been referred to a larger bench.
Appearing for arrested TMC leaders, advocate Abhishek Manu M Singhvi said that house arrest was also an arrest. He argues that the four leaders should be released on bail. "There is no possibility of flight risk, they are cooperating with the probe," he said.
The CBI had arrested four leaders including two TMC ministers and one MLA in Narada sting case. They were, however, granted bail on the same day by a special CBI court. The CBI then moved the High Court, which stayed the bail granted to arrested leaders.