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CBI files FIR against 13 TMC leaders in Narada case, Mamata cries foul

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Footage showed TMC leaders accepting cash promising favours to a fictitious company

In what could be a major spot of bother for the government in West Bengal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against Trinamool leaders allegedly involved in Narada sting operation. 


Apparently, 13 MLAs and MPs from the Trinamool Congress who featured in Narada video footage have been named in the FIR. Some of them are ministers in the Cabinet. They have been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and conspiracy. 


The video footage, part of a sting operation done by Narada news portal, showed the leaders accepting cash for the promise of extending favours to a fictitious company. 


Chief Minister Banerjee, however, said on the FIR, “It is a political game. We will fight it politically.”


The Supreme Court had given the central investigative agency a month to complete the probe and file FIR. The apex court’s verdict was based on a plea filed by leaders and for a SIT probe into the matter to be montiored either by it or by Calcutta High Court. 


The Calcutta High Court had given CBI 72 hours to file a preliminary report and FIR if required. 


Banerjee had then questioned how the BJP state president could predict this verdict before it happened. She had linked it with the UP poll results which preceded the high court verdict. 


“I have full respect for the judiciary but the fact remains that the order is the same as what a BJP leader had anticipated. How can a BJP state party president declare that the CBI would investigate this case after the UP polls? This sting operation was first aired from the BJP party office,” she had said immediately after the Calcutta High Court verdict.


However, neither the Calcutta High Court verdict nor its validation by the apex appeared to have much of an impact on the recent bypoll results. The Trinamool Congress won handsomely by a margin of more than 42,000 votes in Kanthi Dakshin assembly constituency. But the real suprise was the Bharatiya Janata Party which emerged second. 


Not surprisingly, Bengal featured prominently at the party’s national executive meeting and Amit Shah has said, he would devote more time. The is sure to come handy. 

CBI files FIR against 13 TMC leaders in Narada case, Mamata cries foul

Footage showed TMC leaders accepting cash promising favours to a fictitious company

Footage showed TMC leaders accepting cash promising favours to a fictitious company

In what could be a major spot of bother for the government in West Bengal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against Trinamool leaders allegedly involved in Narada sting operation. 


Apparently, 13 MLAs and MPs from the Trinamool Congress who featured in Narada video footage have been named in the FIR. Some of them are ministers in the Cabinet. They have been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and conspiracy. 


The video footage, part of a sting operation done by Narada news portal, showed the leaders accepting cash for the promise of extending favours to a fictitious company. 


Chief Minister Banerjee, however, said on the FIR, “It is a political game. We will fight it politically.”


The Supreme Court had given the central investigative agency a month to complete the probe and file FIR. The apex court’s verdict was based on a plea filed by leaders and for a SIT probe into the matter to be montiored either by it or by Calcutta High Court. 


The Calcutta High Court had given CBI 72 hours to file a preliminary report and FIR if required. 


Banerjee had then questioned how the BJP state president could predict this verdict before it happened. She had linked it with the UP poll results which preceded the high court verdict. 


“I have full respect for the judiciary but the fact remains that the order is the same as what a BJP leader had anticipated. How can a BJP state party president declare that the CBI would investigate this case after the UP polls? This sting operation was first aired from the BJP party office,” she had said immediately after the Calcutta High Court verdict.


However, neither the Calcutta High Court verdict nor its validation by the apex appeared to have much of an impact on the recent bypoll results. The Trinamool Congress won handsomely by a margin of more than 42,000 votes in Kanthi Dakshin assembly constituency. But the real suprise was the Bharatiya Janata Party which emerged second. 


Not surprisingly, Bengal featured prominently at the party’s national executive meeting and Amit Shah has said, he would devote more time. The is sure to come handy. 

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Ishita Ayan Dutt

Business Standard

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