Vijendra Singh, New Delhi : The Supreme Court stayed the hearing in the Calcutta High Court in the case of increasing the property of 19 Trinamool leaders and ministers. Trinamool MLA Swarna Kamal Saha appealed to the Supreme Court.
Advocates Kapil Sibal and Suhan Mukhopadhyay argued for Swarna Kamal Saha and others. After the hearing, the division bench of the Supreme Court Chief Justice U U Lalit stayed the hearing of the case in the High Court.
Public interest litigation
A division bench of Calcutta High Court Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava has already ordered the involvement of the ED in the case related to the increase in the property of 19 West Bengal leaders. Trinamool MLA Swarna Kamal Saha and other leaders went to the Supreme Court challenging the case. The names of Trinamool heavyweights like Firhad Hakim, Bratya Basu, Jyotipriya Mallik, Malay Ghatak, Gautam Dev, Shiuli Saha, Javed Khan, Amit Mitra, Arjun Singh came up in this case.
Who claims how much property increase
It is claimed that the property of several heavyweight leaders-ministers increased at a huge rate between 2011 and 2016. According to the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission, the value of Firhad Hakim’s movable property in 2011 was Tk 1 crore 47 lakh 99 thousand 624. The value of immovable property was 79 lakh 20 thousand taka. In 2016, the value of his movable property increased to 2 crore 51 lakh 60 thousand 183 taka. The value of immovable property is 97 lakh 91 thousand 273 taka.
In 2011, Bratya Bose’s movable property amount was 15 lakh 84 thousand 203 taka. The value of the immovable property was Rs.40 lakhs. In 2016, the value of Bratya Basu’s immovable property increased to 32 lakh 12 thousand 57 taka. The value of immovable property increased by 80 lakh rupees.
In 2011, Jyotipriya Mallick’s immovable property was valued at Tk 19 lakh 51 thousand 514. The value of immovable property was 51 lakh 60 thousand rupees. In 2016, the value of Jyotipriya Mallick’s immovable property increased to Tk 49 lakh 10 thousand 584. The value of immovable property is 13 lakh 12 thousand taka.
In 2011, another heavyweight minister of the state, Arup Roy, had immovable property worth Tk 10 lakh 48 thousand 401.
The value of immovable property was 66 lakh 25 thousand rupees. In 2016, the value of Arup Roy’s immovable property was 1 crore 26 lakh 60 thousand 239 taka. The value of immovable property is 72 lakh 93 thousand 390 taka.
In 2011, heavyweight Trinamool minister Malay Ghatak’s immovable property was worth Tk 17 lakh 72 thousand 151.
The value of immovable property was 13 lakh 45 thousand rupees. In 2016, the value of Malay Ghatak’s immovable property increased by Tk 20 lakh 18 thousand 565. The value of immovable property increased by 12 lakh rupees.