PIL demands investigation into assets of CM’s parents: HC orders all parties to file affidavits

Hearing a PIL on the “growing properties” of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s family members, a divisional bench of the High Court in Calcutta on Tuesday ordered all parties concerned to “file affidavits on the merits of the acceptability of the petition”.

On August 29, Barrister Arijit Majumdar had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the divisional bench of Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj, requesting an investigation into the assets of the close to Banerjee.

However, neither Mamata Banerjee nor his nephew and TMC National General Secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, was named in the PIL.

The petitioner has called for an investigation into the ‘growing properties’ of the Chief Minister’s two brothers – Kartik Banerjee and Babun Banerjee – and his sister-in-law Kajari Banerjee.

Kajari Banerjee, Trinamool Congress Councilor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is married to Kartik Banerjee.

Advocate Prabal Mukherjee, the lawyer representing the family members of the Chief Minister, argued that the petition is not admissible since the petitioner, apart from being a lawyer, is also an active member of the BJP , and therefore, his petition was “reasoned”.

In his argument, Barrister Tarunjyoti Tiwari, representing the petitioner, said the Chief Minister’s sister-in-law cited both business and social work as her profession.

Tiwari argued that the PIL aimed to find out the exact source of his income.

After hearing from both parties, the bench ordered both parties to file their respective arguments on the admissibility of the PIL by November 11.

The court has set November 28 as the date for the next hearing.