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Plea against Mamata revived

Calcutta, Dec. 5: Fresh life has been breathed into an application seeking contempt of court proceedings against chief minister Mamata Banerjee for casting aspersions on some judgments in August.

Calcutta High Court acting Chief Justice Pratap Roy and Justice Subal Baidya have decided to hear the application on Friday.

The court had yesterday asked Becharam Manna, the minister of state for agriculture, to be present on December 18 to explain comments attributed to him in the Singur case.

Trinamul observes December 18 as Shaheed Divas in memory of Tapasi Malik. Becharam said his party would decide what he should do on December 18.

The application against Mamata for the comments during a seminar was moved by advocate and former mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya.

Bhattacharyya had earlier moved a division bench headed by former acting Chief Justice K.J. Sengupta. The bench had called for media records and appointed two amici curiae (friends of the court).

Before the bench could rule on the admissibility of the petition, the judge was transferred. Bhattacharyya today requested a rehearing.

Justice Roy said: “OK. Let me see the documents first. Then I will take the application for hearing on December 7.”


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