New Delhi, April 28: Enforcement Directorate on Friday registered money laundering case in Narada sting case allegedly involving TMC leaders, reported ANI. The sting operation was conducted by Narada News, a private channel, on persons to expose corruption among the ministers in the state government. The people resembled senior TMC leaders who were seen accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours.
EC’s action came after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed an FIR against 13 people, including senior TMC leaders who were purportedly seen taking money, in the Narada case. The Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matter. the order was then challenged by the West Bengal government in the Supreme Court.
The sting was conducted under the supervision of Narada News founder Mathew Samuel over a period of two years. The videos of the sting operation were released ahead of the 2016 Assembly polls in West Bengal. Narada News had released videos that had 13 Trinamool ministers and party leaders accepting bribe in return of favours/misusing official positions from a fictitious company.
This was a case of major embarrassment for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerhee as the sting operation videos by the Narada News were released just after the WB government had already been under attack for their alleged involvement in Saradha chit-fund scam.
In the sting operation, the Narada News founder Mathew Samuel had formed a fictitious company and approached several leaders asking them for favours in return for money.
The Trinamool Congress 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 April 17, 2017, the CBI had filed a 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. The Trinamool Congress had also accused the BJP of hatching to frame its party leaders in corruption cases including Narada, which Amit Shah had rejected.
“There is no conspiracy. They (TMC leaders) were seen on TV taking money. Entire world can see it,” he said, rejecting the TMC charge that conspiracy was hatched by the BJP in framing the TMC leaders in corruption cases.