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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has ordered house arrest of top TMC leaders in the Narada sting case

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the house arrest of Bengal TMC leaders Firhad Hakeem, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee, who were arrested by the CBI in the Narada sting case.

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the house arrest of two Bengal cabinet ministers Firhad Hakeem and Subrata Mukherjee, two former ministers Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee in connection with the Narada sting case.

TMC leaders’ lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi has demanded that the house arrest orders be stayed. The CBI on Monday arrested three of Bengal’s top TMC leaders, Firhad Hakeem, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and former mayor Sovan Chatterjee after high drama.

Calcutta HC Bench Justice Arijit Banerjee agreed to grant interim bail to the arrested TMC leaders. However, Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal ordered house arrest and directed the matter to be referred to a larger bench for interim bail.

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Meanwhile, after the arrests, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asked the CBI to transfer the case citing ‘extraordinary circumstances’ of sitting on a dharna at the CBI office.

The CBI said the four accused could not be physically present in court as a large number of people protested outside its office complex in Kolkata.

A day after the CBI arrests, a special court granted them bail. Within hours, however, the Calcutta High Court quashed the bail order, after which the four leaders were transferred to the Presidency Jail in Kolkata.

Sovan Chatterjee, who was quickly released by three TMC leaders and both the TMC and the BJP, has been in judicial custody since their bail orders were arrested and revoked.

Three of the four arrested leaders – Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee – were admitted to a hospital in Kolkata a day after their arrest.

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