New Delhi, Mar 21: Denying relief to the accused of Narada Sting case, the three-judge bench of Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the CBI investigation. The apex court also ordered extension of time from 72 hours to one month for CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry in the sting operation.
The Calcutta High Court on Friday asked CBI to hold a preliminary enquiry within 72 hours and file an FIR against which senior Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) leader Saugata Roy moved to the Supreme Court to stop the CBI probe. The Supreme Court’s decision is considered to be a big blow to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
Upset with the appeal made by the TMC leaders, Supreme Court stated that the Calcutta High Court had transgressed “all constitutional limits” and the plea deserved outright rejection.
Narada News, a news website in 2016 alleged a corruption scandal which reported senior TMC leaders taking cash from a person posing as the owner of a company. The footage of the hidden camera indicates that most of the leaders accepting cash were elected lawmakers.
Accusing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of masterminding the entire scandal, Mamata Banerjee on Friday stated, “One lakh, two lakh at election time is not a factor. No one asked for money, it was a donation,” further adding that “the sting was published by BJP first. And how did a BJP leader announce last month that, after UP election, the CBI will probe Narada case? How much money has been spent in the UP elections? We should know.”