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Explained in Depth Facts Narada Sting Case CBI registered FIR against 13 TMC leaders

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CBI registered FIR against 13 TMC leaders

The Central Bureau of Investigation registered FIR against 13 TMC Ministers and MPs.
The FIR was registered a month after the Supreme Court gave an extension to the CBI to conduct the preliminary inquiry into the case.

The FIR has been registered under section 120 (b) of IPC related to criminal conspiracy and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with bribery and criminal misconduct.

CBI in its FIR said that “There was no tampering or editing of the movie files, which were found in the pen drive handed over by Mathew Samuel to the three-member committee constituted by the Calcutta High Court,”

Below are the names of Accused persons in Narada Sting Case against whom CBI has registered FIR.

1- Former Minister Madan Mitra,
2- Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy
3- Lok Sabha MPs–Saugata Roy
4-Aparupa Poddar
5-Sultan Ahmed
6-Prasun Banerjee
7-Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar
8-Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim,
9-Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari,
10-Environment Minister Sovan
11-Chatterjee, Panchayati Raj
12-Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee
13-MLA Iqbal Ahmed
14-IPS officer Saiyaad Mustafa Hussain Mirza

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee described the entire episode as a political game and said that she will fight it out politically.

The Trinamool Congress leaders had all along alleged that the tapes were 'doctored' ever since the sting operation was released on March 14, 2016.

Narada News -
March 14, 2016: Narada News releases video "X FILES: TMC Leaders Exposed by Narada News, Caught Accepting Bribes on Camera". The video shows nearly all the top leaders of the TMC, including party vice president Mukul Roy, three Cabinet Ministers and six sitting MPs, accepting bribe that ranges from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh for favors to a fictitious company, Impex Consultancy. Opposition demanded resignation of the TMC chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, while TMC called the footage a “doctored video”.

June 20, 2016 -
Ratna Chatterjee, wife of Kolkata Mayor and state environment Minister Sovan Chatterjee, who was caught red-handed accepting bribe on camera, lodged an FIR against Mathew Samuel, the editor-in- chief of Narada News.

April 29, 2016 -
The Calcutta High Court orders a forensic test on the Narada TV sting tapes.

April 18, 2016 -
Narada News editor-in-chief Mathew Samuel submits the original footage and the device used to record Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders taking bribe in the X Files sting operation to a three-member committee constituted by Calcutta High Court.

March 21, 2016 -
Narada News releases two more video clips, showing Trinamool Congress MP from Arambagh Aparupa Poddar accepting bribe and former TMC state general secretary Shankudeb Panda allegedly asking for a stake.

May 4, 2016 -
Mathew Samuel, Editor-In-Chief of Narada News, hands over the Sting video footages to Forensic department. The equipment includes a Laptop, pen drive and the phone that he used to shoot the Narada sting operation videos.

August 6, 2016 -
Immigration department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport detained Narada News Editor in chief Mathew Samuel briefly as he landed in Delhi's IGI Airport from Dubai following a lookout notice issued by the Kolkata Police. This act was a clear violation of Calcutta High Court order.

August 9, 2016 -
The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh has confirmed that the tapes of the sting operation by Narada News named ‘X’ files done by Editor in Chief Mathew Samuel are genuine and have not been tampered with.

The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh has confirmed that the tapes of the sting operation by Narada News named 'X' files done by Editor in Chief Mathew Samuel are genuine and have not been tampered with.

In its report, it says the audio and video contents of forty-seven movie files (. mov) mentioned as mentioned under the column Played in table 1 (against respective serial number) have been examined using the software Media info, Forevid, Video Editor, Gold wave, Adobe Audition.

The CBI in a statement said, “The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against certain Members of Parliament; Members of Legislative Assembly/Ministers; then MP/then MLA and a Police Officer of West Bengal on conclusion of the Preliminary Enquiry initiated by it, in compliance of the Order dated 17.3.2017 of the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta.”

“The Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta had directed CBI to conduct a Preliminary Enquiry and conclude it within 72 hours, after taking over the custody of the devices of Sting Operation and CFSL reports. The Hon’ble High Court also directed CBI to ascertain whether respondent of the aforesaid WP No. 5243 (W) of 2016 had indulged in corrupt practices in the video footages of the sting operation and further mentioned in its order that depending upon the result of the enquiry, CBI shall forthwith register an FIR in respect of the alleged crimes and proceed to investigate the same in accordance with law.”

The Calcutta High Court had ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry in the matter. The order was challenged by the West Bengal government in the Supreme Court which refused to provide relief on March 17 and gave the CBI one month to file an FIR, if required.

Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News, had told the court that the recordings were done using an iPhone, which were transferred to a laptop and were then stored in a pen drive.

The sting operation video was released by the portal on March 14, 2016, just ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections.

The Narada sting tapes, which were released to different news organizations before the 2016 assembly elections in West Bengal, showed senior TMC leaders receiving money allegedly for giving future favors.

The preliminary enquiry (PE) was registered on directions of a division bench of the Calcutta High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Nishita Mhatre and Justice T Chakraborti.
The case has been registered on the completion of preliminary enquiry (PE) by the CBI

“The CBI conducted the Preliminary Enquiry into the said allegations expeditiously. The enquiry revealed prima facie material for registration of a Regular Case (FIR) under appropriate sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and IPC,”

The CBI’s preliminary enquiry found the suspect public servants, who were shown on the video, either accepted money in cash given by the representative of Impex, the fictitious firm, or asked him to hand over the money to someone else, the FIR alleged.

As per media reports IPS officer Mirza, who was then posted as the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan, was too purportedly seen accepting money on camera.

When the Narada Sting Operation was conducted?
Narada Sting operation was conducted during April-May 2014
The sting was carried out by Narada News which posed as a fictitious company - Impex Consultancy - and approached ministers, offering them bribes.
the TMC leaders are seen purportedly accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favors.

NDTV reported that Mathew Samuel was a journalist with Tehelka when he conducted the sting operation back in 2014, just before the Lok Sabha elections. At the time, the owner of Tehelka was Trinamool lawmaker KD Singh.
Mr. Samuel has reportedly claimed that Mr. Singh asked for the sting report.
He has also claimed that at the time, he had no idea that Mr. Singh was a lawmaker of the Trinamool Congress. He said he thought Mr. Singh belonged to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, a small but powerful regional party from Jharkhand.
Mr. Singh, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in 2010, joined the TMC a few months later. The businessman-turned-politician owns a private jet and a whole range of enterprises like Republic of Chicken, a popular food products outlet, and a chit fund group called Alchemist.

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