Narada sting operation: FIR against journalist Mathew Samuel

In the sting video, the TMC leader Sovan Chattopadhyay is seen knowingly accepting money

By: PTI | Updated: June 19, 2016 5:51 pm
Narada sting, Kolkata news, Narada sting video, Narada sting operation, Sovan Chattopadhyay, TMC, TMC leader, TMC leader bribe, Mathew Samuel, Narada journalist, latest news, india news Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel at a press conference in Kolkata Press club. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul.

With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordering a probe into the Narada sting operation, police have registered an FIR against Narada News CEO Mathew Samuel on a complaint filed by city Mayor and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Sovan Chattopadhyay’s wife.

Chattopadhyay was purportedly seen accepting money in the sting operation video released by Narada News.

Chattopadhyay’s wife Ratna Chattopadhyay yesterday filed a complaint at the New Market Police Station against Samuel on the basis of which Kolkata Police Detective Department registered the FIR and started a probe into the sting operation, a senior official said.

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Samuel has been booked under IPC Sections 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation); 500 (defamation); 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), 171(G) (false statement in connection with an election) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), the officer said.

According to him, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, comprising senior officers of the detective department, cyber crime cell and economic offence wing, has already started a “thorough examination” of the sting operation’s video footage.

The controversial Narada sting operation, which surfaced when the state was at the threshold of the Assembly elections, purportedly showed several Trinamool Congress leaders and an IPS officer accepting money for consideration.

An investigation into the Narada sting operation is presently on by the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee while a case is pending on the issue in the Calcutta High Court.

Banerjee had on June 17 ordered a probe by Kolkata police into the Narada sting operation and asserted that her party had not taken “a single penny” from anyone in the Saradha chit fund scam and the Narada sting operation.

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  1. M
    Jun 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    Democracy at its worst and Bengali's elected this gundi lady...
    1. Hpg Hdl
      Jun 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm
      Good. Report is not above the law. we have seen the actor Reports like Tehlka. They adopt all kind of tactics to tarnish the image and extortion the money
      1. S
        Sumit Bose
        Jun 19, 2016 at 1:10 pm
        Two points of immense interest: 1. It appears the wife of one videotaped minister has filed the FIR, wonder why she has so done, is it because her husband gave it all to the Party leader and did not bring the money home? 2. Mamataz Begum has boldly stated she has not recieved a "single penny", that begs the question, if the many ministers/officials pocketed the entire amounts or she is clear that no money was received in Pound sterling currency? Will someone please clarify?
        1. R
          Jun 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm
          BJP use such stings at the time of elections only. The intentions are not good.
          1. P
            Jun 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm
            Shoot the messenger atude of Mamata Banerjee.
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