All You Need to Know About Narada Sting Case
Narada sting operation has led to the toughest challenge for Mamata Banerjee ever since she became West Bengal Chief Minister in 2011.
A TV Grab of TMC leader Sougata Roy allegedly taking cash in Narada sting video. (File photo)
Kolkata: Narada sting operation has led to the toughest challenge for Mamata Banerjee ever since she became West Bengal Chief Minister in 2011.
Conducted by Narada News, a private channel, the sting claims to expose corruption among the ministers in the state government. The sting was conducted under the supervision of Narada News founder Mathew Samuel over a period of two years. Here is a quick recap of all that has happened so far:
- Ahead of the 2016 Assembly polls in West Bengal, Narada News released videos showing 13 Trinamool ministers and party leaders accepting bribe in return of favours/misusing official positions
- A major embarrassment for the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the sting videos were released at a time when TMC leaders were already under attack for their alleged involvement in Saradha chit-fund scam
- Mathew Samuel had formed a fictitious company and then approached several TMC ministers, asking them for favours in return of money
- TMC leaders seen in the Narada sting tapes are: Firhad Hakim, Mukul Rai, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sultan Ahmed, Subrata Mukherjee, Subhendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, MP Aparupa Poddar, Madan Mitra, Iqbal Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and HMS Mirza
- On March 17, 2017, Calcutta High Court ordered a preliminary probe by CBI. The court also directed the CBI to register an FIR against those who were involved in the case, if required
- On April 17, CBI has filed charge sheet against all 13 TMC leaders under Section 120 B of IPC (criminal conspiracy), Section 13 (2), 13 (1D) and Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act
- Now, CBI will form a special investigation team for further probe and all those who have been named in the charge sheet will be summoned for questioning
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