Kolkata, Feb 4: In a major set back for the Trinamool Congress, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea seeking to monitor the CBI in the Saradha case. The TMC had moved the Supreme Court seeking the court to monitor the CBI which is probing the Saradha scam.
The court also rejected all allegations made by the TMC which had accused the CBI of leaking information to the media in connection with the case.
What had the TMC sought?
The Trinamool Congress which has been in a spot of bother since the Saradha scam broke out moved the Supreme Court alleging bias by the CBI.
In its petition it had stated that the investigation is being carried out in an unfair manner and is aimed at targeting the TMC only.
Further they had also alleged that the CBI was selectively leaking information to the media about the investigation progress. The TMC had sought that the SC monitor the probe being carried out by the CBI.
Supreme Court says no
The Supreme Court however rejected the petition. It also did rejected the allegations about selective media leaks.
The Supreme Court had in the first place directed the CBI to probe the case. This ideally meant that the Supreme Court was already monitoring the probe.
The CBI on the other hand wants the trial of the Saradha scam moved out of West Bengal. It had cited various reasons including interference by the TMC.
The CBI had quoted the incident in which its officers had to face protests when they were producing Madan Mitra before the court after his arrest.
Saradha petition filed by divided house
There was a lot of debate and discussion regarding the filing of the Saradha petition. Top bureaucrats and leaders of the party were not happy that the petition was being filed by the West Bengal government.
However Mamata Banerjee was adamant that the government would file the petition. Top officials such as the Chief Secretary stayed away from it and did not even sign the affidavit.
The original plan was to get a depositor to file the petition before the Supreme Court and ask him to make the allegations which the government finally ended up making before the Supreme Court.