Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

CBI Ordered To Probe Narada Sting, Court Says Cops Acted Like 'Puppets'

CBI Ordered To Probe Narada Sting, Court Says Cops Acted Like 'Puppets'

Hours after Calcutta High Court ordered CBI to investigate charges some Trinamool Congress leaders who were allegedly seen taking bribes in the Narada sting operation, West Bengal Chief minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee today said her party will go to Supreme Court to challenge the order.

A Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to complete its preliminary inquiry in 72 hours. But after she returned to power, Ms Banerjee agreed to probe the sting operation by the state police and contested the petition in the high court against transferring the case to the CBI.

Mathew Samuel has called the Calcutta high court "a victory of journalism". The court also observed that the CBI was the most suitable agency to conduct an independent probe.

The opposition parties, on the other hand, went hammer and tongs at the Trinamool and Banerjee, and demanded dismissal of the accused ministers. CBI lawyer Ashrf Ali said: "We are happy that the high court considered the CBI suitable to investigate the case so that the truth comes out".

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The police official was seen in the footage, who claimed to be "key person who collects funds" for the ruling party in the state.

"We welcome the verdict of the honourable court".

The Narada tapes, which were released before the 2016 Assembly elections in West Bengal, showed leaders allegedly taking money. "It must be only a few lakhs taken as donation during the polls". "The TMC will fight the order both politically and legally". "Kolkata Police is the best police force in the world", the Chief Minister said. CM Banerjee has also alleged that the entire footage of the sting operation was doctored.

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