Kolkata, Dec 13: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday mocked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Saradha chit fund scam calling it "Nyaka Chandi" (effeminate) and the court as "CBI er Dhamadhora" (the court is a stooge of the CBI). [Mamata uses slang language against opponents, yet again]
Banerjee targeted the central investigative agency after it arrested her close aide and state transport and sports minister Madan Mitra in connection to the scam on Friday. Mitra was sent to four days of CBI custody on Saturday. [TMC supporters throw flowers on Saradha-accused Madan Mitra's car]
The ruling Trinamool Congress staged protests across West Bengal on Saturday against Mitra's arrest. Supporters of the party clashed with policemen and also roughed up journalists outside the court in Alipore where Mitra was produced. [Backing Madan Mitra: Is Mamata afraid?]
Later speaking to a local channel, former judge of Calcutta High Court Bhagwati Prasad Banerjee said targeting the judiciary in such language amounts to contempt of the court.
Mamata Banerjee participated in a protest against Mitra's arrest
He also said that disrupting the judiciary's functioning could see the case being transferred to some other state for a fair trial. "That would be bad for the state's image," he said.
The CBI's lawyers could not speak in the court after the TMC's lawyers created a big ruckus. The judge said two persons were arrested on grounds of interfering in the court's functioning in connection to the Narmada Bachaon case. He said this when asked what legal options could be taken against the chief minister's verbal attack against the CBI and the court.
State Congress leader Abdul Mannan also said the CM's words meant contempt of court. He is set to approach the Supreme Court on Monday.