Calcutta High Court asks why Alapan case was sent to Delhi
A division bench of Calcutta High Court on Wednesday questioned the lawyer representing the principal bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on his client’s urgency to shift the case filed by Alapan Bandyopadhyay, former chief secretary and now chief adviser to the chief minister, to its bench in New Delhi from Calcutta.
The case came up for hearing after Bandyopadhyay moved the high court on Tuesday challenging the decision.
Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya asked the principal CAT lawyer: “How could your client come to know that all relevant documents in connection with the case... were lying in New Delhi and not in Calcutta?”
Bandyopadhyay’s lawyer said his client was being harassed by the Centre on the charge that he had not attended a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kalaikunda on May 28.
“After shifting the case from Calcutta to New Delhi, the principal tribunal fixed the case for hearing on October 27 but the hearing was adjourned today (Wednesday),” the lawyer said, adding that the department of personnel and training had set up an inquiry committee against his client and he had been asked to appear before it on November 2.
The division bench of Justices Bhattacharya and Rabindranath Samanta said the verdict would be delivered on November 2.