NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed till April 24 a Calcutta HC order directing the CBI and the ED to investigate Trinamool Congress’s Abhishek Banerjee along with fellow partyman Kuntal Ghosh in connection with alleged irregularities in the recruitment of school teachers in West Bengal.
Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Banerjee, said the HC judge took note of a public speech by Banerjee and on April 14 ordered the CBI and the ED to investigate him along with Ghosh even though Banerjee had no links to the alleged scam.
"I have great respect for the judiciary. But this kind of order should never be passed by the HC," Singhvi said.
A bench of CJI D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala posted Banerjee's petition for detailed hearing on April 24. "Till the next date of hearing (April 24), we stay all action against petitioner as per the April 13 order of the high court," the bench ordered, which will also shield him from any coercive action.
Singhvi said the HC judge, without giving an opportunity to Banerjee to explain, took note of his speech about alleged coercive actions being taken by central agencies to implicate people in the teachers' recruitment scam and ordered them to investigate him along with Ghosh, an accused in the scam.
A bench of CJI D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala posted Banerjee's petition for detailed hearing on April 24
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