The Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar had written to the Chief Minister of the state Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday seeking a meeting and stating that he is "deeply concerned at extremely disturbing and unprecedented worrisome scenario unfolding today in the hallowed precincts of High Court at Calcutta".
The Governor also referred to the "recent spate of heinous crime against women and continual deteriorating law and order in the state".
The Governor was referring to the recent incident in Calcutta High Court outside the Courtroom of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay in which a group of Advocates affiliated with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) tried to forcefully stop others from entering the Courtroom. Some Advocate had sat on dharna outside the Courtroom.
Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay had ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in state government and aided schools.
Earlier, a resolution moved in the Bar Association of Calcutta High Court against Justice Gangopadhyay could not be passed since the general body was dissolved owing to an unruly situation. The President of the Association had written to the Chief Justice stating that no resolution was passed by the Association.
In his letter, the Governor has also said that, "You would agree that in a system governed by constitution and rule of law, denial of access to justice and obstruction in the functioning of the Courts sounds death knell of democracy."
WB Guv has urged CM Mamata Banerjee for interaction during the day in view of disturbing and unprecedented worrisome scenario in the precincts of High Court at Calcutta as also the recent spate of heinous crime against women and continual deteriorating law & order in the State. pic.twitter.com/e1hKfMcVg4— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) April 13, 2022
Today, while speaking at a function, the Governor has once again said that whatever happened in the Calcutta High Court was unprecedented and shocking.
"If access to justice is obstructed then where's democracy? If those who perform solemn duty in the temple of justice are cornered, it is not acceptable", the Governor said while speaking at a function marking the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is a Senior Advocate designated by the Rajasthan High Court in 1990 and was the senior-most designated Senior Advocate of the State till taking the oath as Governor in 2019.