Published On: Fri, Apr 28th, 2023

WB Teachers’ recruitment scam: SC in a special hearing at 8 PM, stays Calcutta HC Order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, in a rare 8 pm hearing on Friday, stayed Calcutta High Court Judge Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s direction To SC Secretary-General to provide transcripts of his interview by midnight today. At 8 pm, the SC held a special sitting to examine the order passed by Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay of Calcutta High Court against the Secretary General of the apex court.

The top courts’ verdict came after examining a report on Justice Gangopadhyay’s interview

Earlier in the evening, Justice Gangopadhyay directed Supreme Court Secretary-General to place his interview transcript before him by midnight. Staying Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s direction to SC Secretary General, the top court’s bench noted that the order by High Court was improper and against judicial discipline. Bench of Justices AS Bopanna and Hima Kohli directed its Secretary General that Justice Gangopadhyay should be conveyed the SC’s order.

“The order of present nature ought not to have been passed in judicial proceeding keeping in view the judicial discipline. We hereby stay the order passed by the High Court judge in the suo motu proceeding. We direct Secretary General of Supreme Court to communicate this order to the Registrar General of Calcutta High Court forthwith who shall communicate the same to the High Court judge,” the apex court said in its order.

Earlier in the day, after going through the transcript of his interview to a news channel regarding the alleged role of Abhishek Banerjee in ‘Cash for job’ scam, SC bench led by CJI Chandrachud had withdrawn Justice Gangopadhyay from the proceedings of the case. The SC bench also directed the acting Chief Justice of Calcutta HC to assign another bench for the case.

The top courts’ verdict came after examining a report on Justice Gangopadhyay’s interview to a news channel about the matter. Notably, the interview was regarding the alleged role of Abhishek Banerjee in the West Bengal teacher’s job scam.

Hearing a plea of Banerjee, a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha took note of the report of the Registrar General of the Calcutta High Court and said the case has to be reassigned to a bench headed by another judge.

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