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Judiciary comment

Calcutta, Sept. 26: Calcutta High Court today appointed two amici curiae (friends of court who assist judges in a case) to determine whether it could suo motu issue contempt rule against chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged comments against the judiciary.

A division bench of Justices K.J. Sengupta and Ashim Kumar Mondal appointed advocates Hirak Mitra and Ranjan Dev as amici curiae. It directed a photojournalist and a reporter of two TV channels to file affidavits stating if the news item showing Mamata making the comments were based on facts.

During a seminar in the Assembly on August 14, the chief minister had said “what I see is that many verdicts are being delivered in exchange for money”.