Something serious on in Bengal: Supreme Court

April 12, 2019 10:56 pm | Updated 10:57 pm IST - NEW DELHI

FILE PHOTO: A signboard is seen outside the premises of Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: A signboard is seen outside the premises of Supreme Court in New Delhi, India, September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

Something “very very serious” seems to be going on in West Bengal, the Supreme Court said on Friday as it agreed to hear a plea alleging harassment of custom officials at the Kolkata airport for checking the luggage of a Trinamool Congress leader’s wife.

The court asked the West Bengal government to file its reply within four weeks.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said: “Someone has drawn our attention to something very, very serious. We don’t know whose claim is bona fide but we would like to go into the root of the matter.”

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Customs Department, told the bench that the plea pertains to the incident of March 15-16 when customs officials were obstructed from carrying out their duty.

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi is representing the West Bengal government in the case.

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