A petition filed by Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress leader and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The petition, which sought action against Kolkata High Court Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay for allegedly making politically motivated statements, was met with a verdict of dismissal by the apex court.
The plea filed by Abhishek Banerjee centered on the demand for the removal of Justice Gangopadhyay, who is presiding over the teacher recruitment scam case. Allegations of bias were raised, and Banerjee urged for appropriate action against the High Court Justice, citing his purportedly politically charged interviews. However, the Supreme Court declined to entertain the petition, stating that it would be heard along with other related matters, including one involving alleged irregularities in the issuance of caste certificates for reserved MBBS seats.
The legal proceedings surrounding this case have been marked by tensions, including clashes between benches within the Kolkata High Court over the decision to order a CBI investigation. A bench comprising five judges from the Supreme Court had intervened to resolve the dispute, ultimately overturning a division bench's annulment of directions given by a single judge to the central agency for further investigation.
During the hearing before the Supreme Court, arguments were presented by senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi representing Abhishek Banerjee. Singhvi contended that Justice Gangopadhyay should be restrained from making politically motivated statements, suggesting that such remarks could influence ongoing investigations conducted by agencies like the CBI and ED.
The bench, consisting of Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Justice Manoj Mishra, and Justice Satish Sharma, engaged with Singhvi's arguments, questioning the rationale behind transferring proceedings from Justice Sinha's bench due to another judge's comments. Senior advocate A.M. Singhvi emphasized that Justice Gangopadhyay had allegedly given multiple interviews targeting Banerjee, despite no pending proceedings against him related to the scam in the High Court.
In response to Singhvi's submissions, the bench indicated that the petition would be heard alongside related matters. While Banerjee's counsel expressed willingness to withdraw specific appeals against the High Court judge, the bench indicated that considerations could be made regarding the transfer of the case from Justice Amrita Sinha's bench.
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