In a major development, the Calcutta high court on Friday said that the Narada sting operation will be probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. "They behaved like puppets of the state," the court observed while coming down heavily on the Kolkata police who were probing the case.
The court ordered that the CBI pick up the case papers in 24 hours and get the preliminary inquiry started within 72 hours. The sting was conducted by Narada News in which it showed several ministers accepting bribes ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh for favours to a fictitious company.
The Calcutta high court's verdict has not gone down too well with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She said that the verdict would be challenged in the Supreme Court. She also said that the Kolkata police is the best in the world.
The court, however, had harsh words for the police and found that the probe was not up to the mark. It felt that the probe would be better handled by the CBI. The court while commenting on the probe by the Kolkata police said, "At best, they behaved like puppets of the state."