The Calcutta High Court has granted interim bail to four leaders, including two Trinamool Congress ministers, in the Narada Sting Case case. The court granted interim bail to two West Bengal ministers, TMC MLA and former Kolkata Mayor, who were arrested by the CBI.
The CBI recently arrested 4 erstwhile ministers of the West Bengal government (Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Madan Mitra and Sovan Chatterjee) in a case related to the Narada sting operation. The CBI registered a case in this case on 16 April 2017 following an order from the Calcutta High Court. In this case, the Governor had given permission to the CBI to run the case only last week, exercising authority under Articles 163 and 164 of the Constitution.
Narada sting tape surfaced in 2016
Narada sting tape surfaced in the political corridors before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal. It was claimed that they were made in 2014 and featured individuals looking like TMC ministers, MPs and MLAs taking cash from the representatives of a fictitious company. The sting operation was allegedly carried out by Matthew Samuel of the Narada News Portal. The matter reached the Calcutta High Court. In March 2017, the court ordered a CBI probe into the sting operation. The CBI and ED had initiated an investigation into the matter.
ED sent notice in November 2020
Before the 2021 assembly elections in West Bengal, many Trinamool Congress leaders were on the radar of a probe by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). In November 2020, the ED had sent notices to three TMC leaders for questioning in the Narada sting operation and sought documents. Among them, the accounts of the income and expenditure of Minister Farhad Hakim, Howrah MP Prasoon Bandopadhyay and former Minister Madan Mitra were sought.