Resign & join politics, TMC tells high court judge after Bh…

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh on Friday said Calcutta high court Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay should “resign (from judge’s position) and join politics” and questioned whether a judge could go on indulging in “politics”, “helping the opposition” and “acting (in a manner) detrimental to judiciary” while using his chair as “a judicial shield”.
Ghosh’s statement came a few hours after the judge, while hearing a case on Covid compensation, said: “One gets a compensation of Rs 2 lakh after dying from consuming illicit liquor. How much does one get after dying of Covid? Is anyone given the money (compensation) at all?” The judge then said: “There is a Bhaipo (nephew) who has a four-storeyed home. The house is worth a crore. Where does so much money come from?” The judge did not mention any political leader while hearing the case.
‘Bhaipo’, which means nephew in Bengali, is a term often used by BJP and CPM to attack Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
Less than an hour after the judge’s remark, Ghosh posted on X: “Can anything be said from a judge’s chair? Can politics be done? Can the opposition be helped? Can someone use the judicial shield to spread canards like they do at roadside protest meetings? Ganguly, resign and join politics.”
“Ganguly, while growing up, heard a lot about (former Bengal CM) Jyoti Basu’s son, Chandan Basu. Did he refer to him when he made the Bhaipo remark? And, if he meant someone else, he should quit that chair and join politics. This is taking things a bit too far,” Ghosh said in another post.
The judge was hearing a petition filed by Dipti Sarkar, who moved court demanding a job and compensation as she had been left with two children to bring up after her husband – a primary school teacher from North 24-Parganas – died of Covid on August 1, 2020. The HC will hear the case again on September 28.
The Supreme Court in April this year had taken exception to an interview given by Justice Gangopadhyay to a TV channel, when he had referred to Abhishek Banerjee, and asked the Calcutta high court Chief Justice to reassign a case to another judge.

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