There is trouble brewing for the Trinamool Congress with the Central Bureau of Investigation booking 12 of its leaders in connection with the Narada Sting tape. The CBI has found the tape to be an authentic one and this led the agency to go ahead and file an FIR against 13 TMC leaders.
The CBI in its FIR names top leaders of the TMC. It has named Madan Mitra, Saugata Roy, Mukul Roy and 10 others. In the tape, several senior leaders of the TMC are seen taking money in return for favours. The case was taken over by the CBI, following an order of the Calcutta high court which was later on confirmed by the Supreme Court of India.
The Narada Sting case in a nut shell:
- The sting was conducted by Narada News, a private channel.
- The sting was conducted ahead of the 2016 West Bengal polls and released to several news channels.
- 13 TMC ministers are seen taking bribes in return for favours.
- Narada had formed a fictitious company and then approached TMC ministers asking them for favours.
- The leaders seen in the tape were Firhad Hakim, Mukul Rai, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sultan Ahmed, Subrata Mukherjee, Subhendu Adhikari, Sovan Chatterjee, M P Aparupa Poddar, Madan Mitra, Iqbal Ahmed, Prasun Banerjee and H M S Mirza
- The Calcutta high court had on March 17, 2017, ordered a probe by the CBI
- The West Bengal government challenged the order in the SC, but the same was dismissed.
- The CBI filed charges against 13 persons under Sections 120 B of Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy), Section 13 (2), 13 (1D) and Section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act.