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Supreme Court: Judges have no Business Giving Interviews on Pending Cases

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Published on: 24 April 2023 at 16:34 IST

The Supreme Court has asked for a report from the Registrar General of the Calcutta High Court within four days about whether Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay gave an interview to a news channel about a pending case related to the school job-for-bribe case in West Bengal.

The court said that judges have no business granting interviews on pending matters and that Justice Gangopadhyay should have recused himself and allowed another judge to hear the case.

The court’s order will not interfere with the ongoing investigation by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate into the alleged scam.

The court had earlier stayed the High Court’s order directing the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee and Kuntal Ghosh, an accused in the case, and file a report in the HC based on that.

The High Court had passed a slew of directions asking the police not to lodge FIRs on complaints against officers of the CBI or the ED investigating the alleged recruitment scam related to the West Bengal Central School Service Commission and the West Bengal Board of Primary Education without its permission.