Abhishek Banerjee repeats comment on justice system after court rejects contempt plea | Latest India News


Kolkata: One percent of the judiciary appears to protect some people under instructions from senior central government officials, Trinamool National Congress (TMC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee told party workers on Monday, hours after the Calcutta High Court has dismissed a petition seeking suo motu charges against him for making similar remarks on May 28.

Repeating his earlier allegation that some judges were indiscriminately ordering Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigations into cases filed in the state, Banerjee said on Monday, “I can always criticize a judgment. It’s my right. All I’m saying is that one percent of the judiciary protects people under the instructions of senior central government officials. We respect justice. It can control CBI probes in any case. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said our government will cooperate with the CBI. But what is the credibility of the CBI?

He also maintained that his party had the highest regard for the High Court and the Supreme Court.

“We respect all the verdicts of the High Court and the Supreme Court. India has not collapsed yet because the Supreme Court has a strong backbone,” he said.

He made the statement while addressing a rally of party workers at North 24 Parganas. He referred to the CBI investigation into the alleged teacher recruitment scam by the State School Services Commission (SSC) in 2018. The CBI investigation had been ordered by the High Court of Calcutta.

During the investigation, the daughter of Deputy Minister of Education Paresh Adhikary lost her job due to a court ruling and former Minister of Education and General Secretary of TMC, Partha Chatterjee, has been questioned.

“Let the court order a CBI investigation into the SSC case. I do not care. But the probe must be neutral. Our legislator Madan Mitra was sent to jail for three years because he was seen at an event with Sudipta Sen (the owner of Saradha chit fund). Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also seen and photographed with Nirav Modi at an event. Nirav Modi stole money and fled the country. Why was Narendra Modi not arrested? Banerjee asked.

TMC chief spoke barley two hours after Judge Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Judge Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee’s divisional bench denied lawyer and Congress leader Kaustav Bagchi’s motion for suo motu charges against him for his May 28 comments.

Speaking to party workers in the East Midnapore district that day, Banerjee said: ‘I am ashamed to say that a small fraction of the judiciary have become goons. One or two people work with an understanding. Not all, only one percent. They order CBI investigations in all cases.

Rejecting Bagchi’s motion, the bench observed that Banerjee’s comments can be disregarded because if the court starts hearing all the comments, it will become difficult for him to operate.

The country’s judicial system is not so fragile that such comments could affect its sanctity, Judge Mukherjee observed, but he issued a warning saying that an elected representative of the people must be careful when making statements in public.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bengal Unit Chairman Sukanta Majumdar said his party welcomes the court ruling.

Although the court offered relief to the TMC leader, the whole episode again sparked a fight between the ruling party and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar who told reporters on Sunday that Banerjee “crossed the red line” and had makes a contemptuous statement. He called the alleged irregularities in SSC recruitments “the mother of all scams”.

On Monday afternoon, Dhankhar, who is on tour in North Bengal, requested a report from Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi on remarks made by Banerjee on March 28.

The governor also issued an order and wrote a series of tweets.

Dhankhar alleged that Banerjee specifically targeted Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay of the Calcutta High Court who ordered the CBI’s investigation into SSC recruitments, although Banerjee did not name any judge or refer to a specific case on May 28.

“The Chief Secretary is to initiate all actions and updates expected by 06 June 2022 regarding the public targeting of the Judiciary by the MP for Diamond Harbor (regarding the Judiciary handing over the CBI investigation in cases, including the infamous SSC scam), which cannot be overlooked or accepted,” the governor tweeted.

“A similar orchestrated and synchronized targeting of a sitting judge, then seized of the Nandigram election petition, was triggered by the MP for Diamond Harbor and others in September 2021. CS unfortunately did not take the “measures appropriate “and must explain the failure by June 06,” Dhankhar wrote in the second tweet.

The electoral petition he referred to was filed in the name of Mamata Banerjee challenging the verdict of the assembly poll in East Midnapore’s Nandigram. She was defeated by BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari and was elected in the by-election in Kolkata’s Bhawanipore, her former seat.

Dhankhar’s third tweet said, “His assertion ‘if anyone wanted to take action against him for speaking the truth, they could and he would, ‘speak the truth 10,000 times on camera’ is the reflection of a mindset that is out of step with the constitutional essence and ignorant “Be so high, the law is above you.”

Banerjee fought back in Dhankhar from the North 24 Parganas rally.

“The governor reacts when I say something about the justice system. I haven’t said a word against him. This means that the stone hits the right target. Why is he so restless? Who crossed the red line? said Banerjee.

“Did the Governor say a word when Suvendu Adhikari repeatedly insulted the Chief Minister? Banerjee added.


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