Narada case probe: Lodging FIR against 12, CBI closes in on Trinamool Congress


Setting the phase for another astringent standoff between the Center and the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the CBI Monday booked 12 Trinamool Congress (TMC) pioneers, including MPs and state pastors, and an IPS officer and unidentified “others” for affirmed defilement in the Narada “sting” case including visuals of cash evolving hands.

Keeping up that its request uncovered “by all appearances material for enlistment of a consistent case”, the CBI said a FIR had been stopped under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code area 120B on criminal intrigue.

TMC pioneers booked by the CBI incorporate Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Saugata Roy, Aparupa Poddar, Sultan Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

Others named are West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, Environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee, previous Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer SMH Mirza.

The FIR additionally said “obscure people” and CBI authorities asserted there were “numerous other people who were a piece of the trick yet were not appeared in the recording”.

The Narada News tapes, discharged in front of the 2016 get together decisions in West Bengal, demonstrated TMC pioneers supposedly accepting cash from delegates of an invented organization for future favors.

A month ago, the Calcutta High Court requested a CBI test yet this was tested by the state government. The Supreme Court gave the CBI a month to lead a preparatory enquiry and check whether there was requirement for a FIR.

CBI authorities said they had inspected video cuts containing film of TMC pioneers and a Superintendent of Police who highlighted in the “sting” operation.

Mathew Samuel of Narada News had told the court that the “sting” recording was done on an iPhone, exchanged to a portable PC and after that put away in a pen drive. A board of trustees had claimed all gadgets after the Calcutta High Court requested a CBI test.

In the principal set of tapes discharged by Narada News, the pioneers were demonstrated tolerating wads of money. It was in the second set, for the most part including Firhad Hakim, in which favors were guaranteed. Hakim was taped saying there were “loads of foundation ventures coming up in West Bengal… particularly streets.” He likewise said that the nature of MLAs in the TMC had dropped and that financial specialists should have simply taped for undertakings, and that he would guarantee these were passed.

Despite the fact that he declined remark when the tapes were discharged, Hakim, after the 2016 decisions, said of the Narada tapes: “It was totally false, I have not done anything unscrupulous for the duration of my life… it is a political trick, they were not able battle with us on a political motivation, they enjoyed every one of these things.”

Mirza, the IPS officer in the tapes, was the previous SP of Burdwan. He was taped saying he had entry to best TMC pioneers and could complete work. In another portion of the “sting” operation, Samuel of Narada News is taken to Minister Subrata Mukherjee by MLA Iqbal Ahmed.

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