Why Suvendu Adhikari Isn’t Arrested, Question the Man Behind Narada’s Sting Operation | India News
Mathew Samuel was surprised that the Central Bureau of Investigation failed to arrest former TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari, another defendant in the same case who has joined the BJP.
KOLKATA: Senior Journalist Matthew Samuel whose creation was the Narada sting operation, said Monday that he is satisfied after the IWC detained two Trinamool Congress ministers, an MLA and a former party minister in connection with their investigation into the scam.
Samuel, however, expressed surprise that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not arrest the former TMC minister. Suvendu Adhikari, another defendant in the same case who has joined the BJP.
Senior Ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim and former Ministers Madan Mitra, who is now an MLA, and Sovan Chatterjee, were arrested in the morning. They subsequently obtained a bond from a CBI court.
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.
At that time, the four were ministers in the Mamata banerjee government that had also launched an investigation against Samuel.
The operation was made public before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal. The Calcutta High Court had ordered an IWC investigation into the sting operation in March 2017.
“It’s quite satisfying to see these leaders arrested. The CBI couldn’t do anything even if they had the charge sheet ready three years ago. They couldn’t touch them, Samuel said when contacted by PTI.
“But I feel bad because Suvendu Adhikari’s name is not on the list of those arrested,” Samuel said.
When pointed out that the CBI also failed to take any action against the former TMC MP and now BJP MLA Mukul Roy, another defendant in the case, Samuel said his is a different matter as there is no video evidence. against him.
The arrests were made after Governor Jagdeep Dhankar gave the IWC the green light to prosecute the four leaders.
West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee called the arrests illegal, claiming that the governor’s sanction to prosecute them was illegal.