The Supreme Court on Friday protected BJP leaders Arjun Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Pawan Singh, Mukul Roy and Saurav Singh from any coercive action taken by the West Bengal police in FIRs registered against them who are awaiting investigation.
The college of 3 judges chaired by Judge SK Kaul issued a notice on petitions filed by senior BJP leaders who claimed that they were being imposed on false cases to prevent them from entering the state before the assembly elections early next year .
All cases followed a similar pattern in which criminal cases were filed against most of these signatories after they left the ruling Trinamool Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata party.
BJP leader Arjun Singh listed 64 criminal cases filed against him in 2019 related to minor offenses of public order violation and injury.
The apex court dealt separately with the case of Kabir Bose, who is the spokesperson for the BJP and who was previously with TMC. He sought a report from the CISF against an incident in which he was arrested as a defendant in an attempted murder. Bose claimed to be protected by the CISF special security group and then requested the report submitted by the CISF, SSG to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The Supreme Court ordered the report to be presented in a sealed envelope at the next hearing date set for January.
Senior Attorney Mukul Rohtagi appeared for the four BJP leaders including BJP Vice President Kailash Vijayvargiya while Senior Counsel Mahesh Jethmalaani represented Kabir Bose.
Except in Kabir Bose’s petition, in the rest of the questions the bench, also composed of judges Dinesh Maheshwari and Hrishikesh Roy, stated: “Until the next hearing date, no coercive proceedings in any case should be registered against the signatories” .
The notice was sent to the West Bengal government and the West Bengal police.