SC Rejects Congress MP Adhir Chowdhary’s Plea for CBI Probe into Disinvestment of Metro Dairy by WB Govt

Khushi Bajpai

Published on: September 18, 2022 at 16:11 IST

On Friday, a division of the Supreme Court of India upheld the Calcutta High Court’s decision not to open an investigation into the Trinamool Congressled West Bengal Government’s disinvestment in Metro Dairy.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the President of the West Bengal Congress and a Member of Parliament, filed the petition, which was appealed and made its way to the Supreme Court.

The bench of Justices M.R. Shah and Krishna Murari rejected the Special Leave Petition, concluding that there was no justification for interfering with the high court’s decision.

On the appellant’s side, attorney Maninder Singh made an appearance.

In June 2022, the Calcutta High Court dismissed a public interest litigation filed by Chowdhary urging the court to direct an enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the disinvestment of Metro Dairy Limited.

Singh explained:

“You should have argued that then, you made two arguments before the high court. The first ground was why there was a disinvestment. Secondly, you argued that the government’s states were at the lesser price.”

“Your submission was that subsequently, it was sold to another person at higher price. We are not required to consider the subsequent event….”

The bench reiterated the conclusions made by the Calcutta High Court and said there was no reason to overturn its ruling.

Accordingly, the Special Leave Petition was dismissed.

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