P. Chidambaram Heckle after defending Bengal government action in court
Veteran Parliamentary leader and senior advocate P. Chidambaram had to face protests from lawyers and party supporters in the Calcutta High Court today when he defended the move by the Bengal government. The case in question was initiated by Adhir Chowdhury, the chairman of the state legislature. He challenged the Trinamool Congress government’s sale of Metro Dairy shares to agricultural processing company Keventer.
Protesters, lawyers who claimed to support Congress, accused Mr. Chidambalam of “tampering with the party’s sentiment.”
Video from the scene showed that lawyers following Mr. Chidambalam blamed “responsible such leadership” for Congress’s descending spiral. The slogan “Chidambaram is back” was also heard.
Known for its fierce political confrontation with Trinamor’s chief Mamata Banerjee, Adil Choudhry filed a petition with the court seeking an investigation into the sale, claiming it was done at a “disposable price.” Chidambaram represented a private company.
Chowdhury’s lawyer, Bikash Bhattacharya, argued that the sale had a negative impact on the state’s interests. He has already sold some of his stake to a Singapore-based company at a much higher price, according to Keventer.