CBI to file report today on Narada sting operation

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March 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the mentioning by some Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the Narada sting operation case, in which one web portal had allegedly caught on camera several TMC leaders, MLAs, while illegally accepting money.

Based on a directive by the Calcutta High Court, the CBI on Monday registered a preliminary inquiry in connection with the Narada sting operation case.

A Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborty had asked the CBI to complete its preliminary inquiry in 72 hours.

Earlier on March 17, the Calcutta High Court ordered a CBI probe into bribery allegations against top TMC parliamentarians and ministers. The CBI has named several ministers in the West Bengal government, bureaucrats, members of parliament, police personnel and an ex-MLA in the case.

The bench noted that a report by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, had said that the tapes were untampered.

The court however had harsh words for the police and found that the probe was not up to the mark.

On being told that the West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress were in the process of moving the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the investigation, he said, "It is unlikely that they will get a stay order".

The controversy erupted in March a year ago when Narada News portal uploaded a series of videos purportedly showing a number of high-profile Trinamool leaders, including former and present ministers, MPs and state lawmakers, receiving money in exchange of favours to a fictitious company.

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