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Chidambaram called ‘Trinamool agent’, ‘Mamata’s pimp’ inside Calcutta HC premises, heckled

Other than P Chidambaram, INC's lawyer-politicians Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal have faced the ire of lawyers representing the INC at this court

Former Union Minister was heckled inside the Calcutta High Court premises today when he turned up to fight a case against a colleague in the Indian National Congress (INC). A woman lawyer called him a “Trinamool agent” and staged a protest in front of him. Taking off her lawyer’s uniform, she rushed towards the former union minister. She was among a battery of lawyers representing the INC politician and former head of the party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

The former union minister had arrived in Kolkata to fight in the Metro Dairy case on behalf of an organisation called Keventers. The case was filed by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the president of West Bengal Congress.

Chidambaram is representing the Trinamool Congress government in the case against his own party. Chowdhury had filed this lawsuit in 2018 against the state-owned company Metro Dairy for selling to Keventers. His petition alleged that crores of rupees had been spent unlawfully on this transaction.

Chidambaram was scheduled to appear in court today in the case, but before that, the pro-INC lawyers started protesting around him. Lawyer Kaustav Bagchi called Chidambaram “Mamata’s pimp”.

Questioning why the former union minister had come to fight the case against the leader of his own party, Bagchi said, “After what has happened today, he will no longer set foot in the Calcutta High Court premises.”

“It’s because of leaders like Chidambaram that the condition of the Congress party is abysmal today. He has insulted the Congress by agreeing to fight the case on behalf of the Trinamool Congress when he is aware that the matter was filed by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,” Bagchi said.

INC politicians-cum-lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal faced similar protests by the party’s West Bengal unit for representing the Mamata Banerjee government in high-profile cases ranging from the Saradha scam to the political violence in the state following last year’s assembly election.

The woman lawyer who chased Chidambaram, Sumitra Niyogi, was first seen protesting around the former union minister’s car. Seeing her take off her coat and rush towards the controversial UPA-era minister who is also embroiled in other cases of corruption being fought in other courts, as in the INX Media case and the Aircel-Maxis case, the onlookers anticipated he would be manhandled, but Chidambaram was spared the trauma and indignity.

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