Dealing a blow to West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress, the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the state government’s and the party’s plea for monitoring the CBI probe into the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam.
It also turned down their allegations that the probe agency was selectively leaking information to media about the ongoing probe.
Noting that there was no allegation that the CBI was not conducting the probe properly, a bench headed by Justice TS Thakur declined their pleas, saying there was “no room” for it to keep an eye on the investigating agency.
“We will not be able to stop the media from doing their job,” the bench said, adding “these are the matters that cannot be controlled. The CBI is doing the investigation. Media is doing its own job. Let us do our own job,” the judges
Refusing to entertain contempt pleas filed against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and a minister for allegedly preventing the CBI from carrying its probe, the apex court said: “We see no reason to entertain these two contempt petitions especially when the CBI has no grievances against them.” It further added that it was for the agency to allege it and seek action against the TMC leaders.
TMC had alleged that the agency was acting as an “instrument” of the Centre and targeting the TMC leaders and misusing the apex court’s May last year’s judgment “in collusion with the Central government as a tool for political vendetta in the guise of an investigation.”