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"Judge has no business to give interview about pending cases" SC on Bengal SSC scam

"Judge has no business to give interview about pending cases" SC on Bengal SSC scam

The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report within four days from the Registrar General of the Calcutta High Court on whether Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay gave an interview to a news channel about the case related to the school job-for-bribe case in West Bengal.

The division bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandachud and Justice P S Narasimha, said “I just want to say that judges have no business granting interviews on matters which are pending,”

"The petitioner (TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee) has annexed a translated transcript of an interview of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay on a TV Channel ABP Ananda. The Registrar General of Calcutta High Court is directed to clarify from the judge as to whether he had been interviewed by... of the news channel. The Registrar General is directed to file his affidavit before this court on or before Thursday. We will list it on Friday,” the bench said.

Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the central probe agencies, submitted that this may lead to stalling of the ongoing probe, the bench said the judge should not be giving an interview about the pending case that is before the single judge bench.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Banerjee, referred to the translated transcription of the interview given by Justice Gangopadhyay in which he allegedly spoke against the TMC MP and party general secretary.

"With the greatest respect and humility, this just cannot be done,” the senior lawyer said.

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