The Calcutta High Court on Friday directed Narada News chief Mathew Samuel to file an affidavit detailing the events that led to the news portal’s sting operation allegedly featuring senior Trinamool Congress leaders taking money. A division bench of acting Chief Justice Girish Gupta and Justice Banerjee said that Samuel needed to provide the full
story of what happened before the tapes were shot, in the form of an affidavit by November 2, two days ahead of the next hearing.
State Advocate General (AG) Jayanta Mitra told the court on Friday that nothing was found on Samuel’s laptop and iPhone. The files were found in a pen drive, which could have been tampered with, he said. Samuel’s lawyer Arunava Ghosh objected, stating that a Supreme Court judgment dictated that an attorney general or advocate general would work for the state and not intervene in court proceedings. Mitra and and government prosecutor Abhrotosh Majumder flared up at his response.
Advocate Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, on Samuel’s behalf, stated that the Narada tapes were genuine and had not been tampered with. He added that the Kolkata Police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the matter, which was subjudice, on the basis of a complaint by the wife of one of the alleged accused, who had claimed that he had been framed.
“We have already filed a PIL seeking a CBI inquiry into the matter,” said Bhattacharya. Meanwhile, two of the accused in the Narada sting operation, minister Subrata Mukherjee and former minister Madan Mitra, submitted their affidavits on Friday.