‘Constitutional post’: Calcutta HC asks CBI to appear before Speaker

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Kolkata, Oct 4 | In a major embarrassment to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Calcutta High Court on Monday asked the premier agency to appear before West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee.

Ruling on the CBI’s appeal challenging the Speaker’s decision to summon agency officials in the Narada bribery case, Justice Rajsekhar Mantha said: “Speaker is a constitutional post and so if the Speaker calls, then the person will have to go.”

The court said that the CBI officers will have to appear before the Speaker at 4 p.m. but made it very clear that no coercive steps cannot be taken against the agency. The case will again be heard on Tuesday.

Banerjee summoned two senior officers – one from Enforcement Directorate and Central Bureau of Investigation each, asking them to appear before him on October 4 in regards to the charge sheet filed against three MLAs, including two ministers, by the two agencies in Narada bribery case without taking his permission.

However, the CBI moved the court challenging the summons, contending that they have followed all the legal formalities and it is not necessary to take the permission of the Speaker in this regard.

Earlier the Speaker had summoned the officers of the two agencies on September 22 but they refused to appear to him. This is the second time they have been summoned.

The two probe agencies recently charge sheeted and summoned several MLAs of the ruling Trinamool Congress, including ministers, for their alleged involvement in ponzi scam cases and the Narada sting operation case. In the charge sheet by both the ED and the CBI, names of state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, State Transport Minister Firhad Hakim and MLA from Kamarhati Madan Mitra, figured.

The CBI has issued summons against them and they have been asked to be present in court on November 16. The letters have been sent to the Assembly.

Source: IANS

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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