The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal was quick to move the Supreme Court challenging an order that directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the Narada sting operation. The sting had blown the lid off several TMC leaders who were seen taking bribes to show favours for a fictitious company.
The CBI is examining the unedited footage, and sources say that more names of TMC MPs have cropped up. "They will also be probed," a CBI officer said. In all, there is 400 minutes of raw footage that is being examined. There were portions that were aired on television and some of it was not. There are several TMC leaders and bureaucrats seen in the footage accepting cash between Rs 15 and Rs 20 lakh.
Conversations between an MP and the middleman is also part of the footage. He is seen taking the money and assuring that he would hand it over to another MP. Another conversation about how donations were being taken to contribute to the party fund is also part of the clipping that is being examined by the CBI.
The investigating agency has to file a compliance report before the Calcutta high court on Wednesday. The court, while ordering the CBI to probe the case had observed that the Kolkata police had behaved like puppets of the state government.