After the crackdown of CBI on TMC leaders on Rose Valley scam and Sarada chit fund scam, the central investigation agency has started its crackdown on TMC members for their alleged involvement in the Narada Scam, which is based on a sting operation where many leaders of Trinamool Congress were caught accepting bribes.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered FIR against 13 persons in connection with the Narada sting operation case. The FIR has been filed against senior TMC Madan Mitra, Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy besides Sultan Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Kakoli Ghosh, Prasun Banerjee, Shbhendhu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Syed Hussain Meerza, Firhad Hakim and Apurva Poddar. Earlier in March, the Supreme Court had extended the time given to the CBI for conducting preliminary inquiry in the case.
After Supreme Court had extended the time given to CBI, the central agency had registered a preliminary inquiry into the case. The CBI also seized laptop, spy camera and other electronic items that were used by the Narada News in their sting operation. The investigative agency also named West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, MPs, police officers and ex-MLA in its preliminary inquiry. However, no FIR has been filed against Mamata Banerjee.
Reacting to the court’s order, Mamata said that she will appeal against the court order in a “higher judiciary”. Earlier in April 2016, the court had formed a three-member committee to probe the controversial tapes. Narada News, led by its editor-in-chief Matthew Samuel, had earlier released three sets of videos of its sting operation, where top TMC leaders were allegedly seen accepting bribes from journalists posing as businessmen.
Earlier CBI had arrested TMC leaders Tapas Pal and Madan Mitra for their involvements in various scams. It seems no ‘achhe din’ for didi and her corrupt ministers in near future !