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HC holds Mamata case verdict

Calcutta, Sept. 27: The amici curiae (friends of the court) appointed by Calcutta High Court today said a contempt rule could be issued suo motu against chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged comments against the judiciary.

A division bench of Justices K.J. Sengupta and Ashim Kumar Mondal ended hearing the case today but reserved its verdict.

Justice Sengupta said: “This court will study the issue in detail to decide whether it has the jurisdiction to issue a contempt rule against the chief minister for allegedly making the comment.”

Barrister Hirak Mitra, one of the two amici curiae, said: “We have studied all the leading newspapers and compared the news with the clippings of (the) electronic media. Contents of both the media are the same. So the court can issue a contempt rule.”

Appearing for one of the TV channels, barrister Samaraditya Pal said: “The court should issue a contempt rule against the chief minister.”