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SC rejects WB's plea against CBI probe into allegations in Sandeshkhali

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea filed by the West Bengal government challenging the Calcutta High Court's order which directed a CBI investigation into the allegations of crimes against women and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali. "Why should the state be interested in protecting someone?" a bench of Justices B R Gavai and K V Viswanathan observed, adding that on the last date of hearing, the counsel appearing for the state said the matter be adjourned after the apex court asked this specific query. "Thank you. Dismissed," the bench said. The top court was hearing the state government's plea challenging the Calcutta High Court's April 10 order. While hearing the plea on April 29, the apex court asked the West Bengal government as to why the state should come in as a petitioner for "protecting the interest" of some private individuals. In its plea before the apex court, the state government said the high court's order demoralised the entire state machinery, including the .

SC rejects WB's plea against CBI probe into allegations in Sandeshkhali
Updated On : 08 Jul 2024 | 11:41 PM IST

Hearing of defamation suit against Bengal CM adjourned till Thursday

The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday adjourned till Thursday hearing of a defamation suit by West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over alleged comments made by her and some other TMC leaders. The matter will appear for hearing on Thursday after Bose's lawyer makes necessary changes in the application. Claiming that baseless allegations were being made against the governor, Bose's lawyer also prayed for an interim injunction on further statements by the defendants in the defamation suit. Justice Krishna Rao noted that publications referred to in the suit have not been made party in it. The lawyer for Bose sought time to file a fresh application, incorporating necessary changes. Granting permission, the high court said the matter will be taken up for hearing on Thursday. Bose had filed a defamation case against Banerjee on June 28, a day after she claimed women complained to her that they were afraid to visit the Raj Bhavan because of the ...

Hearing of defamation suit against Bengal CM adjourned till Thursday
Updated On : 03 Jul 2024 | 12:41 PM IST

Following HC order, Sebi to auction 22 properties of 7 companies on July 10

Markets regulator Sebi on Monday said it has lined up 22 properties of seven companies -- including Pailan Group, Vibgyor Group and GBC Industrial Corp group -- for auction on July 10 to recover money illegally collected from investors. Other firms, whose properties will also be auctioned, are Tower Infotech Group, Waris Group, Teachers' Welfare Credit and Holding Group, and Annex Infrastructure India Ltd. The regulator has initiated the process for the sale of assets of the companies as per orders by the Calcutta High Court. Justice Sailendra Prasad Talukdar has been appointed as the one-man committee for liquidating the assets of the firms and repaying the investors. The move is part of Sebi's effort to recover investors' money. The properties include plots and a flat in West Bengal and they will be auctioned at a reserve price of Rs 45.47 crore, according to a notice issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). Adroit Technical Services Ltd has been engaged by t

Following HC order, Sebi to auction 22 properties of 7 companies on July 10
Updated On : 10 Jun 2024 | 7:55 PM IST

Supreme Court rejects BJP appeal against Calcutta HC ban on anti-TMC ads

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Calling the BJP advertisements 'disparaging', the top court urged restraint, reminding that political adversaries aren't enemies

Supreme Court rejects BJP appeal against Calcutta HC ban on anti-TMC ads
Updated On : 27 May 2024 | 2:30 PM IST

LS polls: SC to hear on Monday BJP's plea against Calcutta HC order on ads

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a plea filed by the BJP challenging a Calcutta High Court order that had refused to interfere with a single-judge verdict restraining the party from issuing advertisements that are allegedly "violative" of the Model Code of Conduct during the Lok Sabha polls. According to the cause list of May 27 uploaded on the apex court website, a vacation bench of Justices J K Maheshwari and K V Viswanathan is scheduled to hear the plea. On May 22, a division bench of the high court had said it was not inclined to entertain the appeal against the interim order passed by the single-judge bench. The single-judge bench on May 20 had restrained the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from publishing advertisements that violated the MCC until June 4, the day the Lok Sabha poll results are scheduled to be declared. The court had also restrained the saffron party from publishing the advertisements mentioned by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal

LS polls: SC to hear on Monday BJP's plea against Calcutta HC order on ads
Updated On : 26 May 2024 | 2:01 PM IST

WB to move higher court to challenge HC order on OBC certificates: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that her government will approach a higher court, challenging the Calcutta High Court order that cancelled all OBC certificates issued in the state since 2010. Addressing an election rally in Sagar in South 24 Parganas district, she said the state government would appeal to the higher court against the order after summer vacation. We do not accept the order that scrapped OBC certificates. We will contest at a higher court after summer vacation," Banerjee said. The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday struck down as illegal the OBC status of several classes in West Bengal granted since 2010, sparking a political debate in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections. The court observed that the inclusion of 77 classes of Muslims in the list of backward categories was to treat them as a vote bank. Banerjee urged electors "not to cast a single vote to the BJP or any other party except the TMC so that the INDIA bloc can form a govern

WB to move higher court to challenge HC order on OBC certificates: Mamata
Updated On : 24 May 2024 | 1:37 PM IST

Explained| Why did Calcutta HC cancel OBC certificates issued since 2010?

The two-judge bench of Calcutta HC emphasised the total absence of legislative policy in the 2012 scheme that governed the State's authority to classify any group as OBC

Explained| Why did Calcutta HC cancel OBC certificates issued since 2010?
Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 9:21 PM IST

Calcutta HC scraps all OBC certificates issued after 2010 in Bengal

Slamming the court's ruling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the OBC reservation quota introduced by the West Bengal government will continue

Calcutta HC scraps all OBC certificates issued after 2010 in Bengal
Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 9:20 PM IST

Calcutta HC order slap on those indulging in vote bank politics: CM Sai

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai on Thursday hailed the Calcutta High Court's decision to scrap the OBC status of several classes in West Bengal, calling it a slap in the face of those indulged in appeasement politics through religion-based quota. The HC on Wednesday struck down the OBC (Other Backward Class) status of several classes in Bengal, finding such reservations under a 2012 Act to vacancies in services and posts in the state illegal. It observed that the inclusion of 77 classes of Muslims in the list of backward categories was to treat them as vote bank. West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has asserted that she will not accept the order and hinted that her government could challenge it in the Supreme Court. Asked about Banerjee's statement, Sai told reporters here, We welcome the decision of Calcutta High Court over religion-based reservation. It is a slap in the face of those who practise vote bank and appeasement politics by giving ...

Calcutta HC order slap on those indulging in vote bank politics: CM Sai
Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 2:45 PM IST

LS polls: HC refuses to interfere with order on BJP ads during MCC period

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday refused to interfere in a single-bench order that directed the BJP not to publish any advertisement in violation of the model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha election process. Observing that a laxman rekha should be adhered to, the division bench presided by Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam said there should not be any personal attack on the part of any political party. Refusing to interfere in Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya's May 20 order, the division bench said the BJP can move the single bench, seeking a review or recall of its order. The BJP had moved the appeal, claiming that the single bench passed the order without giving it any hearing. The saffron party's counsel also stated the Constitution provides that the Election Commission is the appropriate authority for redressal in case of any dispute during a poll process. The high court had on May 20 issued an injunction, restraining the BJP from publishing advertisem

LS polls: HC refuses to interfere with order on BJP ads during MCC period
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 1:56 PM IST

Calcutta HC bans BJP's derogatory ads against TMC, slams ECI for inaction

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Calcutta High Court bars BJP from publishing slanderous ads against TMC citing Model Code of Conduct

Calcutta HC bans BJP's derogatory ads against TMC, slams ECI for inaction
Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 5:30 PM IST

Ex-Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay moves Cal HC, alleges police overaction

Former Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a BJP candidate from Tamluk Lok Sabha seat, on Monday moved the Calcutta High Court alleging police overaction by registering an attempt to murder case against him. Justice Jay Sengupta, before whose court the matter was mentioned, directed that the petition will be taken up for hearing on Tuesday. Alleging malafide and overaction on the part of police, Gangopadhyay's lawyer Rajdeep Majumder submitted before the court that the FIR was lodged to prevent him from campaigning for the election. Majumder stated that section 307 (attempt to murder) was registered against Gangopadhyay. Gangopadhyay, who resigned as a judge of the Calcutta High Court in March, is a BJP candidate from Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency. An alleged incident of protest against him by some persons claiming to belong to a teachers' organisation is stated to have taken place when Gangopadhyay went to file his nomination papers for the polls.

Ex-Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay moves Cal HC, alleges police overaction
Updated On : 13 May 2024 | 12:57 PM IST

SC stays Calcutta HC order cancelling over 25,000 jobs in education dept

The top court, however, permitted the central probe agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to continue with its investigation and said it may probe even members of the state cabinet if needed

SC stays Calcutta HC order cancelling over 25,000 jobs in education dept
Updated On : 09 May 2024 | 12:18 PM IST

HC satisfied with CBI probe in Sandeshkhali, allows NHRC to be party

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress of the CBI's probe into allegations of crimes against women and land grabbing in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali. The court permitted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to be added as a party to the case, following its application. Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam, along with Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharyya, reviewed the CBI's report and granted the agency's request to keep the details confidential. The court had on April 10 directed the CBI to probe the allegations of crimes against women and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali and directed it to file a progress report on Thursday. The court, which is monitoring the investigation, had also directed the central agency to probe alleged illegal conversion of agricultural land into waterbodies for pisciculture after conducting a thorough inspection of revenue records and physical inspection of land alleged to have been converted. Holding that its presence will assi

HC satisfied with CBI probe in Sandeshkhali, allows NHRC to be party
Updated On : 02 May 2024 | 3:09 PM IST

SC stays CBI probe into WB govt officials' role in teacher recruitment scam

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed a Calcutta High Court order directing the CBI to probe into the role of West Bengal government officials in a teacher recruitment scam. The top court was hearing a plea by the West Bengal government against a high court order invalidating the appointment of 25,753 teachers and non-teaching staff made by the School Service Commission (SSC) in state-run and state-aided schools. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra said it will hear the matter on May 6. "We will stay the direction which says the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) will undertake further investigation against officials in the state government," the bench said. Calcutta High Court had said the CBI would undertake further investigations with regard to the persons involved in the state government approving the creation of supernumerary post to accommodate illegal appointments. If necessary, the CBI will undertake custodial interrogation

SC stays CBI probe into WB govt officials' role in teacher recruitment scam
Updated On : 29 Apr 2024 | 7:29 PM IST

Cal HC directs NIA to file report on clashes in Murshidabad over Ram Navami

The Calcutta High Court on Friday instructed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to submit a report regarding the clashes in West Bengal's Murshidabad district during Ram Navami celebrations, stating whether the probe should be handed over to the central agency. The court noted that the Murshidabad district SP in a report had referred to alleged use of bombs and other weapons resulting in injuries during the clashes in Beldanga and Saktipur on April 13 and 17. A division bench presided by Chief Justice T S Sivagnanam directed the NIA to file a report on the clashes and other allegations made in two PILs and the alleged use of bombs. The bench, also comprising Justice Hiranmay Bhattacharyya, directed the NIA to state in the report whether the FIRs registered in connection with the clashes be transferred to the central agency. Under the NIA Act, bomb explosion is one of the scheduled offences which can be investigated by the central agency. The court directed that the matter wil

Cal HC directs NIA to file report on clashes in Murshidabad over Ram Navami
Updated On : 26 Apr 2024 | 2:37 PM IST

Teachers gather against Calcutta HC order in SSC recruitment case

The political heat in West Bengal has been giving the rising mercury levels serious competition since the SSC order

Teachers gather against Calcutta HC order in SSC recruitment case
Updated On : 25 Apr 2024 | 12:17 AM IST

WB moves SC against cancellation of appointment of 25,000 staff in schools

The West Bengal government has moved the Supreme Court against the Calcutta High Court order invalidating the appointment of 25,753 teachers and non-teaching staff made by the state's School Service Commission (SSC) in state-run and state-aided schools. Challenging the high court order, the state government, in its appeal filed before the top court, said the HC cancelled the appointments "arbitrarily". "The high court failed to appreciate the ramification of cancelling the entire selection process leading to straightaway termination of teaching and non-teaching staff from service with immediate effect, without giving sufficient time to the petitioner state to deal with such an exigency, rendering the education system at a stand-still," the plea said. The Calcutta High Court had on Monday declared the selection process as "null and void" and directed the CBI to probe the appointment process. It had also asked the central agency to submit a report within three months. The high court

WB moves SC against cancellation of appointment of 25,000 staff in schools
Updated On : 25 Apr 2024 | 12:13 AM IST