New Delhi: To the great relief of 19 TMC leaders, including ministers, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Kolkata Supreme Court’s observation of involving the Enforcement Directorates (ED) in the case of the TMC leaders’ wealth increase. The residency is granted by the departmental bench of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.
It may be noted that on August 8, the divisional bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bhardwaj ordered the ED to be part of the PIL regarding the assets and property details of 19 high-profile Trinamool Congressional leaders, including the current seven Minister.
Based on the affidavits these leaders filed with the Electoral Commission of India (ECI) when submitting their nominations for various elections, Biplab Chowdhury submitted a PIL in 2017 on the growth of the fortunes of these TMC leaders.
While three Trinamool Congress ministers including Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Mayor Firhad Hakim, Arup Roy and Jyotipriyo Mullick on Friday the Kolkata Supreme Court on 12 raising the fortunes of 19 heavyweight Trinamool Congress leaders and ministers, TMC MLA Swarna Kamal Saha, had filed a petition with the Apex Court.
Kunal Ghosh, secretary-general and spokesman for the TMC state, welcomed the Supreme Court’s observation, saying the lawsuit against the TMC leaders was “baseless” and also a “ploy” by the opposition to malicious TMC.
BJP spokesman Shamik Bhattacharya said “truth will soon prevail”.
It is important to note that among the named leaders who are said to have increased their fortunes are two dead leaders including Subrata Mukherjee and Sadhan Pande.
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