A petition,seeking initiation of contempt proceedings before the Supreme Court against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged comment that the judgments are delivered for money,was on Monday withdrawn since an identical matter was pending adjudication before the Calcutta High Court.
We cannot allow parallel proceedings to go on. There is an identical matter before the Calcutta HC and the court is seized of the case. You can either implead in that proceedings or wait for the outcome of the HC proceedings, said a Bench led by Justice P Sathasivam.
The court also expressed its reluctance to keep the petition alive awaiting the HC final order on it and asked petitioner senior advocate Bhim Singh to withdraw it.
Singhs counsel then agreed to withdraw the case with a liberty to approach the court again if he was aggrieved by the final word of Calcutta HC. The petition had been filed by Singh,J&K Panthers Party founder,alleging that Mamatas comments has the inevitable effect of undermining the confidence of the public in the Indian judiciary as it tends to lower the integrity,reputation and authority of the judicial system.
The Calcutta HC had last month admitted a contempt of court petition against Mamata.