Kolkata, Jun 28 (ILNS) The Bar Council of West Bengal has penned a strong-worded letter to Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana, seeking immediate removal of Acting Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Rajesh Bindal.
According to the letter, a copy of which was made available to the media yesterday, Chairperson of WB Bar Council Ashok Kumar Deb said, “Justice Bindal is a partial, unfair and biased Judge, whose continuance at the High Court interferes with fair and impartial dispensation of justice.
“We request your Lordship to immediately remove Justice Bindal from the West Bengal High Court, so as to maintain the majesty and sanctity of the Court,” added Mr Deb, a Member of Legislative Assembly from the ruling All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
He referred to a couple of cases that came up for hearing before the West Bengal High Court during the tenure of Justice Bindal, including the Narada Sting case, Mamata Banerjee’s election petition and the case related to wastage of medicines in the state.
The West Bengal Bar Council Chairman claimed that Justice Bindal was heavily biased and partial in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party, while referring to the bail granted by a Special CBI Court to four AITC leaders in the Narada case, which was stayed by the West Bengal High Court.
When the case came up for hearing before a five-Judge Bench headed by Justice Bindal, it allowed repeated requests by CBI to file affidavits, but declined similar requests by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak, though serious allegations were made against them by the CBI, the letter alleged.
It further mentioned the pictures of Justice Bindal visiting West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar doing rounds on social media.
“The picture, coupled with the conduct of Justice Bindal, seem to suggest that he is doing the bidding of the Governor at Calcutta High Court,” said the Bar Council.
The letter also mentioned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election petition, which was filed before the single-Judge Bunch of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, but Justice Bindal assigned it to Justice Kausik Chanda.
This led to a storm in Calcutta High Court since Justice Chanda’s long standing association with BJP is well known, the Bar Council claimed.
Justice Bindal hails from Punjab and Haryana High Court, where he was appointed Judge in 2006. He was appointed as the acting Chief Justice of the Common High Court for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh on December 8, 2020.
Later, he was transferred to the Calcutta High Court on January 5, 2021, taking over the charge from Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan, who demitted office on April 28, 2021. ILNS/KR/RJ