Narada Case: CBI Arrests Trinamool Ministers; Mamata dharna stages | India News
NEW DELHI: West Bengal saw another day of high-voltage political drama as CBI Two Trinamool ministers and a party leader were arrested in the case of the Narada sting operation, prompting a strong reaction from the prime minister. Mamata banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee not only led the protest against the arrests with a sit-in at the CBI office, but she also offered to arrest in court.
Banerjee sat in a dharna from 11 a.m. Until 5 p.m. M. Demanding the release of the TMC leaders, who were later granted bail by a court.
Outside the CBI office in the Nizam Palace, TMC party supporters raised slogans against the BJP-led NDA government and threw stones and bricks at security personnel.
On Monday morning, the IWC arrested state ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, TMC MLA Madan Mitra, as well as former minister Sovan Chatterjee in connection with Narada’s undercover case in which politicians were allegedly caught taking money. in front of the camera.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had recently granted a sanction to prosecute the four leaders, after which the investigating agency finalized its charge sheet and took steps to arrest them.
TMC activists organize protest
Hundreds of TMC activists held protest rallies in West Bengal, flouting the lockdown regulations, to protest against the arrest of two ministers of state, an MLA and a former party leader in connection with the Narada sting case.
Many of them were seen demonstrating in front of the central agency office here and Raj Bhavan, prompting the police to turn them away.
The rioters, waving TMC flags, raised slogans in front of Raj Bhavan against Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.
At the CBI’s Nizam Palace office, TMC supporters broke through barriers set up before the front door and began using slogans against the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah and the Prime Minister. Narendra modi.
Some of them threw rocks and plastic bottles at security personnel posted outside the agency’s office.
In several other areas, including Arambagh in Hooghly district and Kamarhati in northern 24 Parganas, protesters burned tires and blocked roads, demanding the immediate release of party leaders.
TMC Seeks Action Against CBI Officials, Says ‘Illegal’ Arrests
The Trinamool Congress wrote to Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra, calling for “necessary action” under the law against CBI officials who detained three senior party leaders “illegally”.
West Bengal Minister and President of the Trinamool Mahila Congress, Chandrima Bhattacharya, wrote the letter on behalf of her party and urged the city’s chief of police to treat it as an FIR.
She alleged that leaving their “independent character”, the investigation agency is acting at the behest of the Center and arrested them at the “direction” of the state governor, Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has no authority to give such an order.
Bhattacharya claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Interior Minister Amit Shah are behind the whole episode.
They want to “defame our leaders in one way or another, since the BJP has failed to win the assembly elections,” he alleged.
I don’t know why CBI went to the Governor: Spokesperson
Spokesman Biman Banerjee said: “In the Narada case, the Calcutta high court clearly asked the IWC if it had received permission from the speaker. The court ordered the investigating agency to request permission from the speaker. But there has been no communication from the CBI. Not that the rapporteur’s post was vacant. I was in my office.
“I don’t know, for a reason I don’t know, they went to the governor who gave them permission. The governor cannot give that permission. I think this permission is illegal and arresting someone for that is also illegal.” . The court will make its decision, but as a lawyer I can say that the CBI has not worked legally. ”
CBI court grants bail to leaders
A special court of the IWC granted bail to the four arrested by the central investigative agency in connection with the Narada duct tape case.
CBI Special Court Judge Anupam Mukherjee ordered that each of the four people will have to post two bonds of Rs 25,000 each as bail.
The four leaders were also ordered to meet with the investigating officer on the case once every 15 days until further orders were received and to cooperate with him.
The governor asks Mamata to follow the ‘rule of law’
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar called on Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee to follow “constitutional norms” and the “rule of law”. Dhankhar also called on the Kolkata police to monitor the public order situation in the city.
“Concerned about the alarming situation. Ask @MamataOfficial to follow constitutional standards and the rule of law. Police @WBPolice @KolkataPolice @HomeBengal must take all measures to maintain law and order. Sad: the police are being allowed to situation is diverted without any tangible action by the authorities, “the governor tweeted after violence broke out in front of the door of CBI’s regional office in the Nizam Palace on Monday morning.
Man Behind Narada’s Sting Operation Asks Why Suvendu Wasn’t Arrested
Lead journalist Mathew Samuel, whose creation was the Narada sting operation, said he is pleased with the CBI arrests, but expressed surprise that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not arrest former TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari, another defendant. in the same case that the BJP has joined.
Samuel said anti-corruption measures are needed and investigations must be fair.
The sting operation was carried out by Samuel of Narada News, a web portal, in 2014 in which some people who looked like TMC ministers, MPs and MLA were seen receiving money from representatives of a fictitious company instead of favors.
Politically motivated, say Trinamool leaders
In reaction to the arrests, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh claimed that the CBI action was an act of revenge and a consequence of the BJP’s defeat in the West Bengal assembly elections.
“The BJP is still unable to accept defeat at the polls after having made an attempt to win thoroughly … It is a reprehensible act.
“When the state is fighting the Covid situation, they are trying to create unrest in that way,” he said.
The ruling party deputy Sougata Roy said this was a “vindictive and vindictive” decision of the central government.
“CBI’s action is politically motivated,” said TMC MLA Tapas Roy.