Calcutta High Court orders CBI enquiry into Narada sting tapes

18 March, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • West Bengal Calcutta High Court hands over Narada sting operation case to CBI

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti directed the CBI to take possession of all material and devices related to the sting operation within 24 hours and to conclude the preliminary enquiry within another 72 hours, PTI reported. We're happy that finally we finally got a relief from Calcutta high court."Samuel added, "Only the CBI investigations have to be fair".

The judges also ordered suspension and initiation of disciplinary proceedings against senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer S.M.H.

But West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee - who declared the party would move the Supreme Court against the verdict - gave the police a quick pat on the back. The Left Front took out a rally demanding inclusion of chief minister Mamata Banerjee under the purview of investigation and the immediate arrests of all those who were caught taking bribes.

"There is no other investigating agency besides the CBI which is independent and therefore I direct the CBi to conduct a preliminary inquiry without any delay", she said.

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From the beginning, TMC leadership has claimed that the sting footage was doctored and a conspiracy of oppositions. The TMC leaders were found seen accepting bribes in a sting operation done by the Narada News.

"We will have to fight this politically and legally". The bench also termed the state police as puppet and said that the society demands proper probe on the matter. Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News, had told the court that the recordings were done using an iPhone, which were transferred to a laptop and were then stored in a pendrive.

The Narada sting tapes, which were released before the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, had shown some persons resembling TMC leaders including ministers taking money. I am the only who did the sting operations, after all.


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