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Narada Bribery Case: CBI withdraws appeal in SC against Calcutta High Court

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) approached Supreme Court withdrew its appeal against the Calcutta High Court order of May 21, which had directed that the four TMC leaders accused in the Narada case be placed under house arrest for the time being instead of putting them in jail custody. According to the reports, CBI took back its appeal after the apex court said it would be better if CBI withdraws its appeal since the matter is pending before the 5-judge bench of Calcutta High Court. A vacation bench of chief justices, Vineet Saran and B.R. Gavai took a note that 5 judge bench of Calcutta High Court is already hearing the Narada Bribery case and permitted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI to take back its appeal and raise all the grievances in the high court. We have expressed no opinion on the merits of the case and our observations do not reflect our views on merits of the matter," the bench said, adding that the West Bengal and leaders are also free to raise their submissions on the high court. The high court on May 21 ordered the shifting of two West Bengal ministers, an MLA and former Kolkata mayor to house arrest from jail. Although a division bench, presided by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal differed on recalling the stay on bail. On 24 May, the five-judge bench of the High Court heard the case and refused the prayer by CBI to adjourn the matter.

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