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

The FIR also mentioned “unknown persons” and CBI officials claimed there were “many others who were a part of the conspiracy but were not shown in the footage’’.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata/new Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 8:03 am
narada case, narada sting operation, narada scam, trinamool congress, cbi, mamata banerjee, west bengal, narada operation, tmc leaders-corruption, india news, indian express Central Bureau of Investigation, New Delhi. The Narada News tapes, released ahead of the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed TMC leaders allegedly receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company for future favours.

Setting the stage for another bitter showdown between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the CBI Monday booked 12 Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and state ministers, and an IPS officer and unidentified “others” for alleged corruption in the Narada ‘sting’ case involving visuals of money changing hands.

Maintaining that its inquiry revealed “prima facie material for registration of a regular case”, the CBI said an FIR had been lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code section 120B on criminal conspiracy.

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

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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, former Minister Madan Mitra, MLA Iqbal Ahmed and IPS officer SMH Mirza.

The FIR also mentioned “unknown persons” and CBI officials claimed there were “many others who were a part of the conspiracy but were not shown in the footage’’.

The Narada News tapes, released ahead of the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed TMC leaders allegedly receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company for future favours.

Also Read: What is the Narada News tapes? All you need to know

Last month, the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe but this was challenged by the state government. The Supreme Court gave the CBI a month to conduct a preliminary enquiry and see if there was need for an FIR.

CBI officials said they had examined video clips containing footage of TMC leaders and a Superintendent of Police who featured in the ‘sting’ operation.

Mathew Samuel of Narada News had told the court that the ‘sting’ recording was done on an iPhone, transferred to a laptop and then stored in a pen drive. A committee had taken possession of all devices after the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe.

In the first set of tapes released by Narada News, the leaders were shown accepting wads of cash. It was in the second set, mostly featuring Firhad Hakim, in which favours were promised. Hakim was filmed saying there were “lots of infrastructure projects coming up in West Bengal… especially roads.’’ He also said that the quality of MLAs in the TMC had dropped and all that investors needed to do was apply for projects, and that he would ensure these were passed.

Although he declined comment when the tapes were released, Hakim, after the 2016 elections, said of the Narada tapes: “It was completely false, I have not done anything unethical throughout my life… it is a political conspiracy, they were unable to fight with us on a political agenda, they indulged in all these things.’’

Mirza, the IPS officer in the tapes, was the former SP of Burdwan. He was taped saying he had access to top TMC leaders and could get work done. In another instalment of the ‘sting’ operation, Samuel of Narada News is taken to Minister Subrata Mukherjee by MLA Iqbal Ahmed.

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    C.Dutta
    Jul 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm
    We expect The Indian Express will surely of their own reveal the facts of Narode and Sarode chit fund scam investigation by CBI. What was the reasons it has been dragged years together without any positive result. Thieves have looted common people money and they are set free for political reasons? People expect quick result from CBI.
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      n.b.chakrabarti
      Apr 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm
      Bengal once produced patriots ,as proven by records of prisoners in andaman, and men of science like J.C.Bose,P.C.Ray,S.N.Bose and M.N.Saha.Bengal was proud of its contributions in art and culture. Today Bengali leaders are are thugs and cheats.What is annoying is that these leaders are not ashamed of their conduct.CBI has been very slow in pursuing the Saradha case.Let us hope that it will bring the guilty to book soon.Bengalis must now read Vidyasagar's writing and restart their course in life
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        SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
        Apr 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm
        Rightly said
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          C.Dutta
          Jul 23, 2017 at 2:54 pm
          Sir, you are mistaken to compare those stalwarts with present day Drunker ed Bengali Budhijibi ,writers and artists. They mostly earn corrupt money by supporting and associating with the thugs and anti socials. Even many University teachers will be found associating and supporting these looters and thugs.Education has come down at halt in West Bengal. Presidency and Calcutta University ranked below 800 in world university ranking. Hardly few qualified in All India Joint Entrance Examinations.
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          T DUTTA
          Apr 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm
          MAY BE IT IS A COINCIDENCE
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            T DUTTA
            Apr 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm
            SARADA AND NARADA ARE LIKE RANCHI AND SANCHI-------ALL 6 LETTER WORDS BUT THE FIRST LETTER IS DIFFERENT--ALL THE REMAINING 5 LETTERS ARE SAME---PRAYAG IS ALSO 6 LETTER---IN ROSE VALLEY, VALLEY IS 6 LETTER------------MOST OF THE NAMES ARE 6 LETTERS
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              Anand Ch
              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:31 am
              Where is this cash going ?
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                Sreesheel Sreekumar
                Apr 18, 2017 at 10:53 am
                West Bengal should be in BJP's cross hairs ! Attract left supporters, develop workers who work at gr roots, develop party machinery !
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                  vs
                  Apr 18, 2017 at 10:45 am
                  Make this Hindu baiter witch so nervous that she looses her mental balance permanently.
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                    KRISHNA
                    Apr 18, 2017 at 10:43 am
                    what is pressure for mamta and tmc pressure of bjp this is the reason they always bakc bite tmc. they want to purchase the above leader because they protest against the bjp THIS UNCULTURED , UNEDUCATED BJP NOT KNOW THE LARGE DEMOCRACY INDIA MUST HAVE AGAINST PARY. IF TMC HAVE THE NARAD SARDA, ROSEVALLEY BJP JANADHAN, JIO, PRADHAN MANTRAI YAJANA.
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                      SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm
                      please rectify your English. It should be "opposition"; not "against party". And do not whip up irrelevant points which have no bearings to such level of corruption.
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                        C.Dutta
                        Jul 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm
                        Mr.Bhattacharya please allow all Benglish to use that type of Kalighat Hanglish. By 2019 they will rule India.
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                        NAVIN ASTI
                        Apr 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                        TMC's democracy is Anti-Hindu mobocracy.A govt which bans Durgapooja rituals for Moharram cannot claim for democracy.It may not be in her faith,but she should have known that Durgapooja is greatest festival of Bengal which was not disturbed even by Leftists.TMC has looted W.B public through three major scams.So all TMC leaders including top-most one must be taken to task heavy-handedly.
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                          C.Dutta
                          Jul 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                          Krishna must have got the PhD from Mamata Banerjee Educational Society. More Nobel laureates will come out now in West Bengal to have extra American wife with model education.
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